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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.  

>> Explore the wonders of our Welsh seas and coastline

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