Government making 'grave error' in not backing full MCZ network around England

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 16 July 2013

Government making ‘grave error’ in not backing full MCZ network around England The Government has published it’s responses to the English MCZ consultation.

Government making ‘grave error’ in not backing full MCZ network around England The Government has published it’s responses to the English MCZ consultation. The consulation YOU took part in. Disappointingly it doesn’t indicate the number of sites to be designated, just that a final decision on which sites will be created will be made over the summer, aiming for designations in the autumn. We think they are making a grave error. Not only has the scientific need and vast public support for MCZs been demonstrated, but the economic study published today http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/Resources/tabid/82/Default.aspx reveals the financial benefits that they will bring. See the full Government statement here: http://bit.ly/18l2AHQ. In response, MCS Senior Policy Officer, Melissa Moore says: “This statement indicates Government will designate less than a quarter of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones that scientists and industry recommended as essential to deliver an ecologically coherent network. Every day of further delays results in more of these sites being damaged by trawling and dredging. We think they are making a grave error in not backing the full network. Not only has the scientific need and vast public support for MCZs been demonstrated, but an economic study published today by leading academics reveals that diving and angling is worth รบ1.8-3.4 billion in the recommended 127 MCZs each year, but this income will only continue to be generated if the MCZs are designated and safeguarded for future productivity. For a Government prioritising economic recovery, this is a policy that they should be fully supporting. The Secretary of State has made no secret of the simplicity of his mandate from the Prime Minister - to grow the rural economy, and simultaneously protect and enhance our natural capital. MCZs represent the most urgent, and most immediate opportunity, to deliver on this promise, so our campaign for a world class network of Marine Conservation Zones continues.”

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