Become a Friend of the Marine Conservation Zones
Posted 14th June 2012
The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to recruit ‘Friends of Marine Conservation Zones’ was launched on World Oceans Day last Friday.
The campaign is linked to a new online resource providing information on each of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones recommended to Government. It outlines the special features of these precious areas, and illustrates why we simply cannot afford to lose even one of them.
Sir David Attenborough, Patron of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “I urge HM Government to designate the full list of 127 sites now, for day by day the wildlife in these sites is being destroyed and damaged. Time is running out to save our fragile seas.”
Simon Bentley, Director of the Trust said: “Many of us are passionate about our local wildlife hotspots on land, and vocal about protecting them, but we don’t often see what is living below the surface of the sea. If we are better able to visualise our local marine life, and understand what it means to the community, we are more likely to push for it protection. “
The Wildlife Trusts will continue to press hard for marine protection but it is vital the Government hears independent voices and understands that each recommended site has the support of the public.
We are asking people to ensure all 127 sites in the network are designated by becoming active advocates for them. By adding your name to support the network, or support individual sites, you will receive updates about the progression of these sites to designation as well as information about the survey work, etc, that is being undertaken to support these sites.
To find out more about your nearest MCZ and sign up to be a Friend, click here.
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