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Marine Conservation Zones could
mean better times ahead for fish
and the fishing industry
Prof. Callum Roberts
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The next two years will be exciting for those keen to see because the seas are becoming increasingly crowded; the
the UK’s marine life better protected. The passage of the number of ways in which we use them have multiplied
Marine Act in November last year represents a fresh and intensified. The UK Government’s announcement of
beginning for marine conservation and management. licenses for 12 huge areas of sea in Round Three of its
The Act was the culmination of years of effort by the wind farm scheme is only the most recent manifestation
Government, its agencies, industry and a broad coalition of industry’s move offshore.
of environmental groups, and passed with broad cross-
Of course the fishing industry has been active offshore for
party support.
a long time – a very long time indeed. Archaeological
The Marine Act will enable the creation of Marine remains indicate a massive switch from freshwater to
Conservation Zones to protect wildlife and habitats. The marine fish consumption in the middle of the 11th century,
Government has committed to establish a national network signalling the onset of commercial sea fishing. The industry
around the English coast by 2012. The Welsh Assembly developed slowly, gradually inventing new ways to catch
Government is using the Act to create Highly Protected fish. For centuries it remained confined to estuaries and
Marine Reserves in its waters, while Scotland has waters within a few miles of the coast. There was little
committed to establish protected areas under its own point going further because fish were plentiful, the sea
domestic Marine Bill, currently under development. generous, and fish would spoil if boats remained too long
We need a Marine Act now (in fact it was long overdue)
at sea.
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