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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 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 MPHugh Bayley MPLord Black of Brentwood
Nicola Blackwood MPSir Peter Bottomley MPAnnette Brooke OBE MP
Lord BrookeRussell Brown MPRobert Buckland MP
Rt Hon Simon Burns MPNeil Carmichael MPMartin Caton MP
Lord ChorleyKaty Clark MPLord Clark of Windemere
Michael Connarty MPDavid Crausby MPLord Crickhowell
Alex Cunningham MPSir Tony Cunningham MPNic Dakin MP
Rt Hon John Denham MPCaroline Dineage MPJim Dobbin MP
Frank Dobson MPFrank Doran MPMark Durkan MP
Lord Dykes of Harrow WealdGraeme Evans MPRt Hon Frank Field MP
Paul Flynn MPMark Francois MPStephen Gilbert MP
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MPRoger Godsiff MPNia Griffith MP
Andrew Gwynne MPDuncan Hames MPSir Nick Harvey MP
Lord HaworthDavid Heath CBE MPJulie Hilling MP
Baroness HiltonGeorge Hollingbery MPMartin Horwood MP
Baroness HowarthBaron Hunt of ChestertonMark Hunter MP
Glenda Jackson MPCathy Jamieson MPBernard Jenkin MP
Baroness JonesLord JuddRt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MP
Barbara Keeley MPMark Lazarowicz MPJohn Leech MP
Charlotte Leslie MPEmma Lewell-Buck MPBaroness Lister of Burtersett
The Earl of ListowelTim Loughton MPDr Caroline Lucas MP
Steve McCabe MPMichael McCann MPKerry McCarthy MP
John McDonnell MPJason McCartney MPAnne McKechin MP
John Mann MPLord May of OxfordAndrew Miller MP
Baroness MillerMadeleine Moon MPPenny Mordaunt MP
Graeme Morrice MPGrahame Morris MPStephen Mosley MP
Caroline Nokes MPDr Matthew Offord MPSandra Osborne MP
Rt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway MPLord RookerAndrew Rosindell MP
Chris Ruane MPSir Bob Russell MPAlison Seabeck MP
Gavin Shuker MPAndy Slaughter MPAndrew Smith MP
Henry Smith MPBishop of S.t AlbansLord Stoddart
Lord StoreyRt Hon Sir Andrew Stunell OBE MPMike Thornton MP
Justin Tomlinson MPValerie Vaz MPCharles Walker MP
Joan Walley MPMike Weatherley MPMike Weir MP
Mark Williams MPStephen Williams MPDr Sarah Wollaston MP
Mike Wood MPTim 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: