Welsh seas are not as healthy as they should be. 60% of the country's marine environment is in decline and in parts that decline is accelerating. We've got to do something - and fast.
Marine is marvellous
The sea is so special around Wales that seven out of every eight sites that have been identified by Europe as being important are marine.
Welsh waters are really amazing. Bang tidy in fact! And it's not just the Welsh that are saying it. Welsh seas are widely recognised as being important, with 37% of the marine environment and 75 % of the coastline protected, under European legislation - although the extent of the protection is, to say the least, patchy. Protection for underwater sites falls well short of providing full protection that these amazing places and the wildlife that lives in them needs.
As well as being inadequately protected, these sites don't necessarily contain all the Welsh marine wildlife that needs protecting. A Wales Environment Link report indentified that 4% of nationally important species are only found outside of the existing protected sites.
Latest news for Welsh wildlife
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posted - 2014-07-24
MCS has been a major influence in the process that has now resulted in great news for sealife, and Scotland’s hidden, underwater wonderlands after the health of Scotland’s seas has deteriorated in recent decades.
posted - 2014-07-24
MCS has been investigating the effects of potential dredging of the Fal estuary with local fishermen and marine experts. If it gets the go-ahead it could set a precedent for activities in other protected areas meaning protection will be meaningless
posted - 2014-07-22
posted - 2014-07-11
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