University acknowledges MCS positive impact work

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 25 November 2014

University acknowledges MCS positive impact work The work MCS has done on ensuring the so-called é’Special Areas of Conservation’, set up under EU laws, are well-managed, has been recognised by the University of West of England.

University acknowledges MCS positive impact work The work MCS has done on ensuring the so-called é’Special Areas of Conservation’, set up under EU laws, are well-managed, has been recognised by the University of West of England. A Research Impact Symposium today (28th November), will highlight the positive impact for society the MCS work has had. MCS’ Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University, has been working with law lecturer, Tom Appleby for a number of years on legal mechanisms to ensure the new Marine Protected Areas, once set up, actually protect the areas against damaging fishing practices. They’ll showcase their work in a presentation called ‘Closing the net on overfishing.’ Over the past four years, MCS, working with Tom Appleby and environmental lawyers, Client Earth has encouraged local regulators to put in laws to protect vulnerable sites from trawling and scallop dredging. Before our intervention, there was very little local action to ensure protection was put in place. However, it’s not yet a complete picture - particularly for sites in the southern North Sea, and off Cumbria and Lancashire. The work will continue in Marine Conservation Zones in future to ensure that we can say our marine protected areas are é’well-managed’.

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