Marine Protected Areas

Compass jellyfishCompass jellyfish - Mark Thomas

Only 2% of UK waters are protected, and only 0.001% are fully protected from damaging activities. However, the tide is now turning

Marine Protected Areas are designated to protect marine ecosystems, ecological processes, habitats and species. Their primary objective is the conservation and recovery of marine ecosystems. They have, depending on their conservation status, different levels of protection, from partial restrictions to complete exclusion of all damaging activities. They are an important tool both in fisheries management and wildlife conservation.

The North Sea Wildlife Trusts are working alongside  regional projects to ensure that they deliver the best possible Marine Protected Area network for each region – and, in so doing, to help achieve our vision of ‘Living Seas’.

As voluntary organisations, independent of governments, we are helping drive this process forward, voicing our concerns openly and honestly and responding rapidly to changing situations. On a local, regional and national scale, we can use our resources to make the vision of Living Seas a reality. However we cannot do this alone, click here to see how you can get help us achieve this aim, and go here for more information about Marine Protected Areas in the UK.

                       Marine Protected Areas can help damaged ecosystems recover - Dr Leigh Howarth

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