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Out of Sight, Out of Mind – the Seabed

 
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 17/06/06, 07:41    Post subject: Out of Sight, Out of Mind – the Seabed Reply with quote

You may have seen articles and letters in the local as well as the national press about English Nature’s request to the government Fisheries Minister Ben Bradshaw to apply his emergency powers to close 60 square miles of sea bed to scallop fishing – dredging – in Lyme Bay between Beer Head in Devon and West Bay in Dorset.

The process of dredging for scallops is destructive of the seabed, which is rich in various forms of wildlife. There was until recently an agreement between conservationist and fishermen protecting two reefs in Lyme Bay but this has fallen through due to the high price obtained for the scallops, which has attracted other fishermen to the area. The whole area is now in danger of being destroyed by over fishing for short-term financial gain.

To get up to speed on all this go to the following websites.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/5030118.stm

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/index.php?section=news&id=1528

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/06/05/nscallop05.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/06/05/ixuknews.html

http://www.devon.gov.uk/richard_stanford_abstract.pdf

If you agree with English Nature’s request to ban scallops fishing in this small but significant area of this marine habitat before it is too late then write to the minister whose contact details can be found at:
http://www.benbradshaw.co.uk/contact/contact.php

Longer term you may like to respond to the Government’s new Marine Bill, which is currently going through its consultation stage. The bill will be a wide ranging piece of legislation, including the possibility of new marine nature conservation legislation. To find out more about the background to the Marine Bill and to join the Wildlife Trusts' call for better protection for marine wildlife and how to have your say regarding the bill go to the Dorset Wildlife Trust site at: http://www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/dorset/marine/issues/marinebill2.htm
You have until 21st June 2006.
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