Are the provisions to be included within the proposed Maritime Bill of sufficient scope and breadth to provide the necessary protection for the sites of interests to marine nature conservation? Many environmental groups are suggesting that the bill does not go far enough, claiming the “statutory programme of site protection has never caught up with voluntary initiatives,” (S. Gubbay 1995). However, commercial organisations are generally in agreement with the findings of the document. The intention of this report is to study the proposals, together with the various arguments, in an effort to resolve the question.
The seas around the UK provide enjoyment for millions of people as well as many jobs. It is also full of natural resources upon which we have come to depend and, in addition it provides a home for numerous species of marine life and plants and has been a source of natural resources. In their report Laffoley and Baines (2000) further revealed that “It is estimated that 50% of the UK’s biodiversity is found in the seas.” It follows that marine conservation is therefore important to enable us to better understand the affect that human activity has on this environment as well as preserving the benefits of it for the future.
The consultation proposal (2006) seeks to address a number of areas in an attempt to provide a comprehensive framework for marine conservation and providing a situation where the various demands made upon the environment can be managed more effectively. ...Show more