Search: Go

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 ConservativeDefra 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 MPSir Kevin Baron MPHugh Bayley MP
Lord Black of BrentwoodRichard Benyon MPNicola Blackwood MP
Sir Peter Bottomley MPGraham Brady MPAnnette Brooke OBE MP
Lord BrookeRussell Brown MPRobert Buckland MP
Rt Hon Simon Burns MPAlan Campbell MPNeil Carmichael MP
Martin Caton MP Lord ChorleyKaty Clark MP
Lord Clark of WindemereMichael Connarty MPDavid Crausby MP
Lord CrickhowellAlex Cunningham MPSir Tony Cunningham MP
Nic Dakin MPRt Hon John Denham MPCaroline Dineage MP
Jim Dobbin MPFrank Dobson MPNigel Dodds MP
 Brian Donohoe MPFrank Doran MPJim Dowd MP
Mark Durkan MPLord Dykes of Harrow WealdGraeme Evans MP
Tim Farron MPRt Hon Frank Field MPPaul Flynn MP
Mark Francois MPStephen Gilbert MPSheila Gilmore MP
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MPRoger Godsiff MPZac Goldsmith MP
Nia Griffith MPAndrew Gwynne MPDuncan Hames 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 MP Barbara Keeley MP
Mark Lazarowicz MPJohn Leech MPCharlotte Leslie MP
Emma Lewell-Buck MPBaroness Lister of BurtersettThe Earl of Listowel
Tim Loughton MPDr Caroline Lucas MPSteve McCabe MP
Michael McCann MPKerry McCarthy MPJohn McDonnell MP
Jason McCartney MPLiz McInnes MPAnne McKechin MP
Ian McKenzie MPCatherine McKinnell MPJohn Mann MP
 Sir Alan Meale MPLord May of OxfordAndrew Miller MP
Baroness MillerMadeleine Moon MPPenny Mordaunt MP
Graeme Morrice MPGrahame Morris MPStephen Mosley MP
Paul Murphy MPIan Murray MPSheryll Murray MP
Caroline Nokes MPDr Matthew Offord MP Sandra Osborne MP
Rt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway MPJohn Pugh MPSimon Reevell MP
Alan Reid MPLinda Riordan MPLord Rooker
Andrew Rosindell MPChris Ruane MPRt Hon. Dame Joan Ruddock MP
Sir Bob Russell MPAlison Seabeck 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
Hywel Williams MPMark Williams MPStephen Williams MP
Chris Williamson MPDr Sarah Wollaston MPMike Wood MP
Tim Yeo MP Baroness Young of Old Scone


To sign up or for more information please email:

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: