MCS rallies support in Marine Conservation Zone talks

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 2 March 2010

The Marine Conservation Society has found three highly qualified individuals who will be able to represent MCS at meetings to help plan new marine protected areas in the Northeast of England .

The Marine Conservation Society has found three highly qualified individuals who will be able to represent MCS at meetings to help plan new marine protected areas in the Northeast of England . The three will be involved in the regional project ‘Net Gain’, which has been tasked with setting up a network of Marine Conservation Zones in the Northeast. Marine Protected areas in England will be known as Marine Conservation Zones’s when their locations are confirmed in 2012 MCS attended a large stakeholder meeting Hull in February to help identify people or groups who could help decide where MCZ’s should be located. Since the meeting, Rob Spray, Carrie Pillow and Paula Lightfoot had expressed an interest and been asked if they would represent MCS during these vital discussions. All three are experienced Seasearch divers and co-ordinators, with a passion for marine conservation. Between now and summer 2011, discussions will take place across the UK on the locations of Marine Conservation Zones in all four English regions - Southwest (‘Finding Sanctuary’ Project), Southeast (‘Balanced Seas’ Project), Northwest (‘Irish Seas Marine Conservation Zones’ Project), and Northeast (‘Net Gain’ Project). “We now have MCS representatives involved in both the Irish Sea Conservation Zones project as well as Net Gain. This will help further our work towards the aim of establishing an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas, and ensure that our vital your seas your voice data is included in discussions at the regional level.” said Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, MCS’s Biodiversity Policy Officer. If you aren’t directly involved in discussions, then please make your recommendation via www.yourseasyourvoice.com and if you would like to find out how you can get involved then please contact jls@mcsuk.org.

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