Petition to protect our seas

A huge wave of public support shook Westminster last week as 250,000 people called for greater protection for the UK’s seas and coastline.

A total of 250,000 signatures on The Wildlife Trusts’ Petition Fish were presented to Natural Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, at a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons, hosted by The Wildlife Trusts.

A new report published last Tuesday highlighted the socio-economic benefits to be gained if the Government adopts a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around UK shores in 2013.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust was disappointed that the full network of 127 recommended MCZs were not on the Government’s list published for public consultation in December and has joined forces with the other 46 wildlife trusts in the UK to call for more to be done.