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Under Fire: Plans To Protect Cornwall's Sealife

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:29pm 24th June 2014.

Experts lay into plans to protect Cornwall's sea life.

Eight Marine Conservation Zones are being developed around the Duchy's coast to help prevent damage.

But now a report says it is taking too long to roll out and ministers need to sign up more areas more quickly.

Jean-Luc Solandt is from the Marine Conservation Society tells us why it is important to have the zones, he said: "In order to preserve and recover the species that live on the seabed principally, lots of activity such as bottom trawling degrade the seabed, kills lots of wildlife and disturbs it, and the reason to set these sites aside is to allow the seabed to grow back and live again.

"If you get things like coral and sponges that grow on the seabed, it takes time for them to recover, the longer we take to actually exclude some of the more damaging activities from these sites, whilst allowing more benign activities like line fishing and potting and traps, the longer it takes for the seabed to recover."

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