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Marine Conservation Zones Revealed

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 16th December 2012.

There is dismay as less than half of Cornwall’s proposed Marine Conservation Zones get picked.

Wildlife at six sites in the Duchy will get protected from 2013.

They are, The Canyons, Land's End; Padstow Bay and Surrounds; The Isles of Scilly; The Manacles, the Lizard Peninsula; Upper Fowey and Pont Pill; Whitsand and Looe Bay.

Thirteen had been put forward.

Abby Crosby, Marine Conservation Officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said:

“We are sad to see the loss of some of Cornwall’s most fantastic sites, from Mounts Bay to the Gannel Estuary in Newquay. These areas highlight some of our most special wildlife, from dolphins and basking sharks to crayfish and pink sea fans. These areas will now have a delay in their much needed protection due to decisions made by UK government.

“Our surrounding Cornish seas have an astonishingly varied range of submerged landscapes which support wonderful marine life: from cold water coral beds to sponge meadows, canyons and sandbanks. Without these there simply wouldn't be any fish, let alone fantastic jewel anemones, dolphins, brittlestars and all the other wild and extraordinary creatures which are part of a healthy marine ecosystem.”

 

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