The Fish Site
Decisions on designating Marine Conservation Zones around the UK will be made in the autumn and will only be made on strong scientific evidence, writes Chris Harris.
This was the message from the British fisheries minister Richard Benyon (pictured) at the Shellfish Association of Great Britain annual conference in London on Tuesday.
Mr Benyon indicated that not all of the 127 prospective zones that had been identified around the shores of the UK would be finally legally designated.
He said that the Marine Conservation Zones are part of the wider agenda of the development of coastal conservati0on and the development of the marine and fishing industries, which includes marine management and planning, licensing, the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and environmental management.