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Petition Fish - Showing support for Marine Protected Areas in Wales

Petition Fish is Wildlife Trusts Wales' campaign for Marine Protected Areas.  By signing a Petition Fish scale, our members and the public have helped show they support greater protection for Welsh seas through the creation of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas.

Marine Protected Areas are sites managed to safeguard important areas of the sea.  They are a tried and tested means for allowing marine wildlife and habitats within their boundaries to recover and thrive.  The creation of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas will be critical if we are to achieve our vision of Living Seas in Wales.

In 2012 signatures were collected on Petition Fish scales, online and via text message to show the level of public support for Marine Protected Areas in Wales.  In total, over 8,000 signatures were collected in Wales and were delivered to the Senedd on 6th November.

Petition Fish being delivered to the Senedd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we need to show support for Marine Protected Areas?

1. Wales is leading the UK in the amount of our territorial waters currently designated as a Marine Protected Area; however, these sites are not adequately managed and over 50% of features are failing to reach their conservation objectives.
Wildlife Trusts Wales is calling for the improved management and enforcement of existing Marine Protected Areas.

 

2. The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 provides for the creation of a new type of Marine Protected Area, called a Marine Conservation Zone.  Welsh Government is undertaking a process to introduce new Marine Conservation Zones in the Welsh inshore area.  The first of three public consultations took place during summer 2012, and the second consultation is currently planned for Jan 2013.  However, we are awaiting an imminent announcement from the Environment Minister on the future of the project.
Wildlife Trusts Wales is calling on the Welsh Government to maintain momentum in the MCZ Project Wales.

 

3. Similar processes are taking place around the UK to introduce new Marine Protected Areas.  These sites are intended to all contribute to an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas around the UK. 
Wildlife Trusts Wales is calling for the designation of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas around the UK.

 

4. Without adequate resourcing and political will the benefits of protected areas cannot be realised.
Wildlife Trusts Wales is calling for adequate resourcing of all Marine Protected Areas, to ensure effective management, enforcement and monitoring of sites.