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Public Urged To Fight for Marine Life

"All these species have come under increasing pressure from fishing, sand and gravel dredging, oil and gas extraction, wind-farm construction and other uses. There is almost nowhere in our seas that has not been damaged in some way."

A leading Cheshire environmental charity was today calling on people across the county to speak out over marine life protection as the deadline on a major consultation looms.

The Cheshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging people across the region to take part in a consultation on new laws to protect marine life and improve the management of the nation's seas before it ends on June 23.

Charity chiefs claim it is critical that everyone has their say as the consultation will be use to develop a new Marine Bill which is likely to be published early in 2007.

Angie Gooderham, acting head of conservation for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: "Cheshire Wildlife Trust protects some of the north west's most fragile coastal ecosystems.

"The Dee and Mersey estuaries are of worldwide importance in the provision of habitats for wading birds, whilst Hilbre Island, on the Wirral Peninsular, is home to more than 500 Grey Seals and a great variety of rock-pool dwelling species such as starfish and crabs.

"All these species have come under increasing pressure from fishing, sand and gravel dredging, oil and gas extraction, wind-farm construction and other uses. There is almost nowhere in our seas that has not been... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

A leading Cheshire environmental charity was today calling on people across the county to speak out over marine life protection as the deadline on a major consultation looms.

The Cheshire Wildlife Trust is encouraging people across the region to take part in a consultation on new laws to protect marine life and improve the management of the nation's seas before it ends on June 23.

Charity chiefs claim it is critical that everyone has their say as the consultation will be use to develop a new Marine Bill which is likely to be published early in 2007.

Angie Gooderham, acting head of conservation for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said: "Cheshire Wildlife Trust protects some of the north west's most fragile coastal ecosystems.

"The Dee and Mersey estuaries are of worldwide importance in the provision of habitats for wading birds, whilst Hilbre Island, on the Wirral Peninsular, is home to more than 500 Grey Seals and a great variety of rock-pool dwelling species such as starfish and crabs.

"All these species have come under increasing pressure from fishing, sand and gravel dredging, oil and gas extraction, wind-farm construction and other uses. There is almost nowhere in our seas that has not been damaged in some way."

Cheshire Wildlife Trust wants the Marine Bill to introduce a range of new conservation measures including the designation of some coastal areas as "Highly Protected Marine Reserves", providing areas of the sea in which damaging activities such as fishing and dredging would be permanently prohibited helping the conservation of threatened marine wildlife.

Ms Gooderham added: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure new laws to protect our seas.

"We urgently need the people of Cheshire to help to convince the Government to do the right thing for our precious marine life.

"Every letter and email will count, so please take the time to express your views. To make it easy for you, a draft letter, supporters' guide and instructions can be found on our website."

For more information about the work of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust or to take part in the marine life consultation visit the charity's website at www.wildlifetrusts.org

 


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JUN 19 2006
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