Calls For Beachy Head East To Become Marine Conservation Zone

Wednesday 26th April 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Caroline Beachy Head Letter
 

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has written to the environment minister asking for Beachy Head East to be designated a Marine Conservation Zone.

Caroline told Therese Coffey the roughly 193-square kilometre area was one of the richest and well-known areas of the eastern English Channel and it should be included in the third and final tranche of MCZs.

It is home to high bio-diversity and to some of the best mussel beds in the area and to rare seahorses. Also within the zone, is the Royal Sovereign Shoals - a wildlife rich sandstone reef.

Caroline said the designation would still allow sustainable low-impact fishing in the zone but also ensure sensitive habitats would be protected in perpetuity.

“I very much hope the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will seriously consider Beachy Head East in the final round of MCZs,” said Caroline.

“The evidence from local environmentalists and the support from our local fishing fleet is compelling – they feel, as I do, this designation will do a great deal to protect this important habitat, but also allow traditional fishing to continue.

“This can only be a win for our town in terms of protecting the environment, protecting our fishing industry and its jobs, but also promoting marine conservation and the tourism associated with it in the years to come.

“I hope many people will join me in support of the bid and I hope it’s successful.”

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