Marine Protected Areas

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Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are sites in which human activities are restricted to varying degrees. They are a tried and tested means of safeguarding important habitats and wildlife. MPAs protect the wildlife within their boundaries and allow nature to recover and thrive. In many cases, MPAs have an influence beyond their boundaries too, as burgeoning wildlife populations spill out into the surrounding sea. Carefully designed and well managed networks of MPAs bring even greater benefits.

Wales is leading the way in the number of MPAs currently designated in the UK, a figure that stands at over 36% of our sea. However, many of these sites are not in good condition, and we are calling for these sites to be more effectively managed.



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