New Marine Conservation Zones created around England
Following consultation with fishers and marine conservation experts, the UK government has created new Marine Conservation Zones around the English coast, taking the UK’s total protected areas of ocean to over twice the size of England. However, some critics question whether the protected areas are actually beneficial to wildlife.
See the following media coverage:
- Guardian: Large expansion to 'blue belt' of UK's protected marine areas announced
- Sky: 41 new 'blue belt' areas created off English coast
- Divernet: ‘Paper parks’ warning as English Blue Belt extended
Read the UK government’s announcement here. See also the Foodsource resource How do food systems affect fish stocks and marine habitats?
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