Exmouth’s last say on sea-based conservation area

EXMOUTH’S fishermen and water users have until the end of next month to influence where a new sea-based conservation area will be.

EXMOUTH’S fishermen and water users have until the end of next month to influence where a new sea-based conservation area will be.

A series of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are being created to protect marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology.

The South West zone, Finding Sanctuary, has so far drawn 198,000 responses from water users.

Their views will make up part of Finding Sanctuary’s research, providing information which will be used to map the ways in which our seas are used.


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These maps will be vital in ensuring that all interests are taken into account when deciding where Marine Conservation Zones should be placed and what activities need to be restricted in them.

Joana Smith of Finding Sanctuary said: “This really is the eleventh hour when it comes to submissions and anyone who wants to play a part needs to speak up – after all, this data will be used to make decisions which could have an impact on a whole range of waterborne activities. The message has to be – make your voice heard now.”

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