Sea Life staff to march for our shores

Blackpool Sea Life staff set off on a march to Parliament to campaign for their petition to create Marine Conservation Zones around the UK's shores.
Blackpool Sea Life staff set off on a march to Parliament to campaign for their petition to create Marine Conservation Zones around the UK's shores.
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SEA Life Centre staff are gearing up to march on Parliament to show their support for a petition to protect the UK’s coastal waters.

Expert staff from the Promenade attraction want to highlight that there is much more to their work than just entertaining visitors, as they seek to protect seabeds in order to preserve marine species.

The group will be joining a national march to Parliament next week to hand in a petition to the Government, and are encouraging Fylde coast residents to support them.

Jenn Newton, general manager at Sea Life Blackpool, said: “It’s something we’re all very passionate about.

“We’ve managed to collect 8,500 signatures on the petition so it’s key we see it all the way through and be part of the march.”

Petition Fish calls for the Government to approve the creation of 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the UK’s coastal waters, to protect native species from problems caused by marine activity, such as over-fishing.

So far just 31 of the proposed zones have been approved by the Government, including Fylde Offshore.

But Sea Life staff say this is not enough if important species and habitats are to be protected and preserved.

Ms Newton added: “Ultimately we want a healthy future for our seas, for them to be vibrant.

“Most people don’t think of our seas being full of marine life and activity but when we show customers the amount we have then they know what we stand to lose.”

Four members of staff from the attraction will be marching with hundreds of others on Monday, February 25.

They are hoping Fylde coast residents will continue to support their work by visiting the Wildlife Trust website to send a letter urging their MP to back the petition.

Visit www.wildlifetrusts.org/MCZfriends

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