Marine Charter

Starfish, urchin, brittlestars and anemones. Photo: Paul NaylorStarfish, urchin, brittlestars and anemones. Photo: Paul Naylor

Over 150 MPs and peers have signed a Marine Charter calling for a complete network of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters. We need your support. Ask your MP to sign the cross-party charter today!

The Marine Charter

Our marine wildlife and habitats urgently need more protection. We are working with other Non-Governmental Organisations to ask politicians sign a Marine Charter calling for a complete network of Marine Protected Areas in UK waters.

Help us achieve cross-party support for Marine Protected Areas in UK seas by 2016. These special areas, like nature reserves in the sea, need to be protected from damaging activities and will ensure we safeguard our seas and marine life for the future. Ask your MP to sign today!

If you would like to write to your MP, you can find your local MP here. You can send a letter or email to your MP downloading our template letter or copying the text below:


Dear______,

As a concerned constituent, I am writing to you today to urge you to add your support to the Marine Charter.

It is over five years since the Marine & Coastal Access Act (2009) was passed with overwhelming cross-party support. The centre-piece of this legislation was the commitment to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas throughout UK seas; a response to the widely acknowledged crisis facing the health, diversity and productivity of our seas. The Marine Charter aims to demonstrate the strength of cross-party support for the establishment of an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) throughout UK seas.

While this Parliament has seen the first designations in UK seas, we remain a long way from the full network. Throughout our seas 35 marine species are still considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Only 27 of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones originally proposed for the non-devolved component of the UK network, critical to restoring iconic habitats such as seagrass beds and honeycomb worm reefs, have so far been designated. There is still a long way to go to ensure the Government fulfils its commitment to delivering a fully representative network.

Over 120 MPs and 20 Peers, from across the political parties, have already added their support by signing the Marine Charter alongside the 21 NGOs - including The Wildlife Trusts, Marine Conservation Society, RSPB, and WWF - that are championing Wildlife and Countryside Link’s ‘Marine Charter’ campaign. The full list of MPs and NGOs supporting Link’s Marine Charter campaign please visit www.marinecharter.org.uk.

If you have already signed the Marine Charter, thank you for your support. If not I am urging you to add your support by emailing marinecharter@wcl.org.uk, or tweet #MarineCharter to @Living SeasNW.

Now is the most important time for UK marine conservation. We have never before, and may never again have such an opportunity to safeguard the remnants of our, once rich, marine habitats and wildlife.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
 

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