Marine Conservation Zones

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the completion of the coastal Blue Belt around the UK.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

We aim to consult on the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones in English waters in the first half of 2018, with designations within 12 months of that date. The objective is to complete our contribution to the international ecologically-coherent network of Marine Protected Areas in the North East Atlantic by including a representative range of the species and habitats found in our seas.

Marine protected areas in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are a devolved matter.

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