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Northumberland Wildlife Trust is working collectively with the other 46 Wildlife Trusts around the UK to campaign for healthy seas.
To explore the national Living Seas campaign further, check out The North Sea Wildlife Project and also The Wildlife Trusts' vision for marine conservation.
Campaigning for healthy seas
The Wildlife Trusts are calling on the Government to deliver Marine Protected Areas that are:
- in the right place, where nature conservation is required
- supporting recovery from past decline, not just maintenance of their current, sometimes damaged condition
- well managed, with adequate regulation and controls
Advising Government and other decision makers
Attending meetings, responding to consultations and offering advice is a major part of our 'behind the scenes' work. The Wildlife Trusts’ Marine Bill Campaign played a pivotal role in convincing the UK government to pass new laws in 2009-10 to protect the marine environment.
The 12 Wildlife Trusts spanning the East coast, from Northumberland down to Suffolk, are working right now with relevant interest groups to decide which places should become Marine protected Areas (MPAs) in the North Sea. These are places where human activities are managed and are a proven way of allowing nature to regenerate.
Raising awareness and enabling participation
We believe that everyone would value our seas more dearly if they knew more about our fantastic marine wildlife and the threats to its survival. We undertake and support a wide variety of projects that seek to improve knowledge of the marine environment and how best to protect it.
- We support River Cottage chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his Fishfight campaign to reform the Common Fisheries Policy.
- Newcastle University’s Dove Marine Laboratory’s Big Sea Survey is recruiting volunteers to collect information on species living in our coastal marine environment.
- The Marine Conservation Society has produced the Pocket Good Fish Guide to help us safeguard the future of our fisheries and other marine wildlife by choosing to eat fish from sustainable sources.