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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 MPDavid Amess MPDavid Anderson MP
James Arbuthnot MPHugh Bayley MPLord Black of Brentwood
Sir Peter Bottomley MPAnnette Brooke OBE MPLord Brooke
Russell Brown MPRobert Buckland MPRt Hon Simon Burns MP
Neil Carmichael MPMartin Caton MPLord Chorley
Katy Clark MPLord Clark of WindemereMichael Connarty MP
David Crausby MPLord CrickhowellAlex Cunningham MP
Sir Tony Cunningham MPNic Dakin MPRt Hon John Denham MP
Caroline Dineage MPJim Dobbin MPFrank Dobson MP
Frank Doran MPMark Durkan MPGraeme Evans MP
Rt Hon Frank Field MPPaul Flynn MPStephen Gilbert MP
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MPRoger Godsiff MPNia Griffith MP
Andrew Gwynne MPSir Nick Harvey MPLord Haworth
David Heath CBE MPJulie Hilling MPGeorge Hollingbery MP
Martin Horwood MPBaroness HowarthMark Hunter MP
Glenda Jackson MPCathy Jamieson MPBernard Jenkin MP
Lord JuddRt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MPBarbara Keeley MP
Mark Lazarowicz MPJohn Leech MPCharlotte Leslie MP
Emma Lewell-Buck MPTim Loughton MPDr Caroline Lucas MP
Steve McCabe MPMichael McCann MPKerry McCarthy MP
Jason McCartney MPAnne McKechin MPJohn Mann MP
Lord May of OxfordAndrew Miller MPBaroness Miller
Madeleine Moon MPPenny Mordaunt MPGraeme Morrice MP
Grahame Morris MPStephen Mosley MPCaroline Nokes MP
Dr Matthew Offord MPSandra Osborne MPRt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway MP
Lord RookerAndrew Rosindell MPChris Ruane MP
Sir Bob Russell MPAlison Seabeck MPGavin Shuker MP
Andy Slaughter MPAndrew Smith MPHenry Smith MP
Rt Hon Sir Andrew Stunell OBE MPMike Thornton MPJustin Tomlinson MP
Charles Walker MPJoan Walley MPMike Weatherley MP
Mike Weir MPMark Williams MPStephen Williams MP
Mike Wood 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: