MP asks for views on Marine Conservation Zones

By Jon Moreno

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

 

RESIDENTS are being urged to share their views on proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) for the Isle of Wight coastline.

The Island's MP Andrew Turner will use the information during his discussions with George Eustice, the minister responsible for the marine environment, next Wednesday.

Mr Turner has already received numerous calls from people expressing concerns, as well as support, for MCZs.

The government announced 37 MCZs, to protect wildlife in the seas around the English coast, and six of those proposed areas are around the Isle of Wight, with public consultation to begin early next year.

Prior to the first tranche of MCZ approvals, the then minister, Richard Benyon, visited the Island with assurances any approved MCZs would have appropriate management plans in place.

"He recognised the protection of the environment must be balanced with the way in which Islanders work, live and play on the water that surrounds us," said Mr Turner.

"I know those assurances still stand but, as Mr Eustice is a new minister, I would like to give him first-hand, early information on the views of Islanders, as we are probably affected more than any other constituency by these proposals.

"Of course, everybody will also have the opportunity to respond to the formal consultation when that starts next year."

Reporter: jonm@iwcp.co.uk

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