Friday 31 May 2019 / 11:05 AM Environment

Luke Pollard responds to new Marine Conservation Zones announcement

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Fisheries, Flooding and Water Minister, responding to the government announcement in creating 41 new Marine Conservation Zones, said:

“To protect habitats, the government must properly fund the enforcement of these marine conservation zones. Otherwise, they risk becoming a network of ‘paper parks’.

“Labour will introduce a simple umbrella designation of a ‘National Marine Park’ to help simplify the dizzying array of marine protections for our most important coastal habitats.

“Labour-controlled Plymouth City Council is already planning the UK’s first National Marine Park and a Labour Government will seek to roll these new marine parks out around our coast and help drive public awareness of our valuable coastal habitats.”