Living Seas

A NEW website has been launched to help promote protection of North Sea marine life.

Twelve wildlife trusts, including Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley - have embarked on a new project with the aim to make the concept of ‘Living Seas’ a reality.

In places, the damage caused to the seabed from unsustainable practices - whether construction, dredging, offshore industry or fishing - has resulted in it being altered beyond recognition.

The new project will promote protection of the North Sea’s weird and wonderful marine wildlife, from microscopic plankton to gigantic whales, by helping to create a network of Marine Protected Areas to protect wildlife and their habitats from damaging activities.

Steve Lowe Head of Conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust said: "Much of the North Sea remains unexplored. Each year the demands on the sea’s eco-systems increase but the protection remains at the very lowest level. Damaging activities, such as dredging, industrial fishing and pollution plus coastal degradation and climate change all play a part in threatening the sea’s health.

"We want to raise awareness of the North Sea and what it has to offer. We want its marine life to recover and we want to see the Marine and Coastal Access Bill set up a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) by 2012. This will give our seas the chance to return to the richness they once had."

The wildlife charity urgently needs the public’s help to bring back the UK’s Living Seas teeming with colour and life. Whether a person lives inland or by the coast, it is hoped that they will still speak up for the silent world.

To learn about local marine life in the North East and Northumberland or to find out how to get involved, visit their site.

Category: Conservation

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