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Improve the effect of the UK Marine Conservation Zones

The marine conservation minister for the manifesto, Mark Carwardine has set out aims for the furtherance of the Marine Conservation Zones. Other than England, these are delegated to the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments. Thus they need to be the subject of separate petitions, if petitions are to be used to further the aims. The effect of these will be to greatly increase the allowable catch over time, not reduce it.

These are on P136 of the extended manifesto and here:

1. Create an “ecologically coherent” network of significantly large marine reserves for all species inhabiting our seas. 

2. Make 30% of our seas off-limits to commercial fishing and other damaging activities. 

3. Ensure greater transparency and accountability into the way we fish including mandatory on-board cameras to monitor what boats catch. 

6. Severely limit destructive fishing practices such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling. 

Certainly in England the present marine conservation zones are that in name only, and the most damaging kinds of fishing, which are known to reduce stocks of all fish as well as destroy the marine environment.

The situation is better in Scotland.

By the end of November, formulate petitions to the UK, Scottish and Welsh Parliaments, by discussion and proposals  here.

England wording:

A petition to 'Make the existing marine conservation zones worthy of the name' 

The marine conservation zones around England's coast conserve the environment and marine creatures in name only. Fishing stocks would be increased and the marine environment much improved if the government:

Makes 30% of our seas off-limits to commercial fishing and other damaging activities.

Ensures greater transparency and accountability into the way we fish including mandatory on-board cameras to monitor what boats catch. 

Severely limits destructive fishing practices such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling. 

Creates an “ecologically coherent” network of significantly large marine reserves for all species inhabiting our seas. 

I thought  that Scotland and Wales could be  framed in language appropriate to the case, although similar.

I have now reviewed scientific papers and the handling of Scottish Marine protected areas. Because I was not aware of the situation over the past few years, I thought that a petition might speed things up after an initial good set of documents were produced. I have now decided that, although it has not been quick, the approach taken makes me hope that most industry bodies will support the next implementation. There is no present need for a petition or other action, in my opinion, until the government led approach fails.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 24 March 2019