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Marine Charter

We the undersigned support Wildlife and Countryside Link’s call for the swift designation of a representative and well managed Ecologically Coherent Network of Marine Protected Areas in UK seas by 2016.

We call on this and future Governments to ensure that this network meets international principles on coherence, and represents the full range of features in the UK seas as required by the relevant Marine Acts.

The full network must include ambitious proposals within the commitment to two future tranches of Marine Conservation Zones in English Seas in 2015/16, alongside wider marine protected areas, and must be well managed to maintain sites that are in good condition and recover those that are damaged.

Such a network is essential not only to stem the alarming decline in marine habitats and species, but also to ensure that the enormous social and economic benefits derived from marine goods and services can be realised for generations to come.

Rt Hon. Ben Bradshaw MP (Former Labour Defra Minister)Richard Benyon MP (Former Conservative Defra Minister)Roger Williams MP CBE (Liberal Democrat Defra Spokesperson)
Rt Hon. Caroline Spelman MPAndrew George MPZac Goldsmith MP
Rt Hon. Sir John Randall MPAdrian Sanders MPDr Alan Whitehead MP
Debbie Abrahams MPPeter Aldous MPDavid Amess MP
David Anderson MPRt Hon James Arbuthnot MPNorman Baker MP
Sir Kevin Baron MPHugh Bayley MPDame Anne Begg MP
Clive Betts MPLord Black of BrentwoodDr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
Nicola Blackwood MPSir Peter Bottomley MPGraham Brady MP
Fiona Bruce MPAnnette Brooke OBE MPLord Brooke
Russell Brown MPRobert Buckland MPRt Hon Simon Burns MP
Alan Campbell MPNeil Carmichael MPMartin Caton MP
 Lord ChorleyKaty Clark MPLord Clark of Windemere
Oliver Colvile MPMichael Connarty MPJeremy Corbyn MP
David Crausby MPLord CrickhowellAlex Cunningham MP
Sir Tony Cunningham MPNic Dakin MPGeraint Davies MP
Rt Hon John Denham MPCaroline Dineage MPJim Dobbin MP
Frank Dobson MPNigel Dodds MP Brian Donohoe MP
Frank Doran MPJim Dowd MPMark Durkan MP
Lord Dykes of Harrow WealdGraeme Evans MPTim Farron MP
Rt Hon Frank Field MPPaul Flynn MPMark Francois MP
Stephen Gilbert MPSheila Gilmore MPRt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP
Roger Godsiff MPKate Green MPNia Griffith MP
Andrew Gwynne MPDuncan Hames MPFabian Hamilton MP
Sir Nick Harvey MPLord HaworthDavid Heath CBE MP
Julie Hilling MPBaroness HiltonGeorge Hollingbery MP
Martin Horwood MPBaroness HowarthGeorge Howarth MP
Baron Hunt of Chesterton Mark Hunter MP
Julian Huppert MPGlenda Jackson MPCathy Jamieson MP
Bernard Jenkin MPBaroness JonesLord Judd
Rt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MPBarbara Keeley MPMark Lazarowicz MP
John Leech MPJeremy Lefroy MPCharlotte Leslie MP
Emma Lewell-Buck MPBaroness Lister of BurtersettThe Earl of Listowel
Naomi Long MPTim Loughton MPDr Caroline Lucas MP
John Mann MPLord May of OxfordPaul Maynard MP
 Sir Alan Meale MPSteve McCabe MPMichael McCann MP
Kerry McCarthy MPJason McCartney MPJohn McDonnell MP
Liz McInnes MPAnne McKechin MPIan McKenzie MP
Catherine McKinnell MPFiona McTaggart MPAndrew Miller MP
Baroness MillerMadeleine Moon MPPenny Mordaunt MP
Jessica Morden MPGraeme Morrice MPGrahame Morris MP
Stephen Mosley MPGreg Mulholland MPPaul Murphy MP
Ian Murray MPSheryll Murray MPSarah Newton MP
Caroline Nokes MP Dr Matthew Offord MPSandra Osborne MP
Rt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway MPMark Prisk MPJohn Pugh MP
Simon Reevell MPAlan Reid MPLinda Riordan MP
John Robertson MPLord RookerAndrew Rosindell MP
Chris Ruane MPRt Hon. Dame Joan Ruddock MPSir Bob Russell MP
Alison Seabeck MPJim Sheridan MPGavin Shuker MP
Andy Slaughter MPAndrew Smith MPHenry Smith MP
Bishop of St. AlbansLord StoddartLord Storey
Gary Streeter MPRt Hon Sir Andrew Stunell OBE MPMike Thornton MP
Justin Tomlinson MPValerie Vaz MPCharles Walker MP
Joan Walley MPMike Weatherley MPMike Weir MP
John Whittingdale OBE MPHywel Williams MPMark Williams MP
Stephen Williams MPChris Williamson MPPete Wishart MP
Dr Sarah Wollaston MPMike Wood MPSimon Wright MP
Tim Yeo MPBaroness Young of Old Scone 


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Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) represents more than 8 million people through 44 voluntary organisations concerned with the conservation and protection of wildlife. Link’s Marine Charter is supported by the following organisations: