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3 Marine Conservation Zones Announced For Dorset

rocky reef community Mike Markey

10:08am 22nd November 2013

Dorset now has three marine conservation zones.

Poole Rocks, Chesil Beach and Stennis Ledges will be managed to allow the habitat to recover - with restrictions placed on fishing.

The announcement by the Government has been welcomed by Dorset Wildlife Trust.

DWT's Living Seas manager, Peter Tinsley said, "This is great news for Dorset and a big step towards recovery of the marine environment.  These are not no-go areas and will continue to see a variety of uses but will now be managed for the recovery and enhancement of marine habitats and species.  It will also be beneficial for fixed gear local fisherman, as one of the outcomes will be restrictions on mobile fishing.  We would like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign for MCZs so far and especially those who have helped collect the evidence to support the designation"
6 sites had originally be recommended in Dorset.

Dorset boasts a huge variety of diverse and abundant marine life.  Poole Rocks, in Poole Bay is the home to the native oyster and the rare Couch's goby, Chesil and Stennis Ledges provides a home for one of our most distinctive soft-corals, the pink seafan, and South Dorset has an area of mixed seabed habitats lying in deeper, tide-swept water.


(Picture by Mike Markey)

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