Great news for Sussex Seas: marine protected areas for people and wildlife

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 16 January 2017

Friday saw the announcement of better protection for Sussex seas.

Friday saw the announcement of better protection for Sussex seas. Brand new management measures have been put in place to safeguard two nationally important Marine Conservation Zones. Kingmere and Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zones are among the first of this type of protected area to have management measures in England. This is a big step towards productive, healthy seas for the future, made all the more durable because they were developed collaboratively with local people. The Marine Conservation Society is delighted to have been a part of this. Through our Community Voice Project and partnership with the Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA), we worked together to engage a broad suite of community stakeholders in developing these measures. The Community Voice Project highlighted the fact that marine resources in the region are incredibly important to people for a whole range of reasons. Fishers, anglers, sailors, rockpoolers and many other local residents shared their passion for the sea and deep desire to see a sustainable future. Their input helped the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority shape an innovative suite of measures which will not only ensure species and habitats thrive, but will also allow people to continue to benefit from these amazing places. We share the authority’s excitement and optimism that these special places will be safeguarded for future generations. You can find out more about the new measures on the IFCA website.

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Did you know?…

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

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