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Tell the UK Government to Get Serious about Ocean Conservation

Tell the UK Government to Get Serious about Ocean Conservation

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On the 13th of December, the UK government promised to designate 31 new sites as marine conservation zones. This sounds like great news for ocean ecosystems and the industries that depend upon them. In fact it is anything but.

The government’s own scientific advisors actually said that 127 conservation zones are needed. 59 of the proposed sites are under severe threat, with action required immediately.

The argument for this very weak approach to ocean conservation is to help industry, in particular fisheries. The problem with this argument is, of course, if you don’t conserve ocean ecosystems properly, there won’t be any fisheries. Rejecting expert advice in this manner is bad news for ocean wildlife, fish stocks and the economy.

Tell the UK government to stop basing crucial policies on exceedingly short-term economic and political gains and start listening to marine scientists.