Marine Habitats

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th October 2016.

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Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 12:00 am, 13th October 2016

We have already designated 50 marine conservation zones, 99 special areas of conservation and 102 special protection areas within UK waters, so more than 17% of UK waters are now within marine protected areas. A third tranche of marine conservation zones will be designated in 2018, and I am proud to say that that will help to complete the blue belt around the English coastline.