Posted: Wednesday 28th November 2012 by bbowtblog
Young seal by Tom Marshall
The Wildlife Trusts have a vision where marine wildlife thrives from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows. This may seem like an impossible task, but I believe that if we seize every opportunity to make radical changes now, we can make massive steps in reversing the degradation our seas have experienced for far too long.
We are an island nation; one that has relied on our surrounding seas for centuries. They supply us with food and resources such as oil, protect our borders, clean our air and keep us warm (or at least warmer than we would be!). Without our sea, Britain would not be Britain! And indeed the world would not support the life it does today. Evidence upon evidence indicates that a healthy functioning ocean system is absolutely vital to the wellbeing of this planet, and thus of course ourselves.
In the landlocked counties of Berks, Bucks and Oxon it is sometimes hard to appreciate how we can be impacting the seas. But we are, and in fact it is almost impossible to avoid it. Many of our everyday actions, from the food we eat, to the soaps we use and the cars we drive have a negative effect. All the floodwater currently sitting on our fields and roads will eventually wash into the sea, full of an unimaginable mixture of rubbish, chemicals and pollutants.
The oceans have thankfully become a highly topical issue for both the UK government and the EU in recent years, and this is very good news. The time is ripe for us to push for change, and ensure positive and effective new policies for our sea. Following on from the Marine and Coastal Access Act of 2009, BBOWT and the Wildlife Trusts are calling for the government to ensure the designation of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) that were proposed. These MCZs will form a vital network of habitats around our coastline, helping to protect marine wildlife for generations to come.
Worryingly, the designation of these vital sites has so far fallen dramatically short of its promise, and we need your help. To ensure the Government recognises the need for all 127 MCZs we need to demonstrate the level of public support there is for their designation in 2013. Become a Friend of a Marine Conservation Zone to highlight its importance and help ensure its designation. We can all do something to reverse the decline in our ocean ecosystems. Act today to ensure a living sea tomorrow.
Find out more about Living Seas and how you can help.
Written by Erin Murton
Marine Officer/Wildlife Sites Project Officer
I am responsible for providing conservation advice and information to Local Wildlife Site Owners. I am also BBOWT’s marine officer, helping to ensure we don’t forget about our amazing sea in this landlocked region.