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The Marine Group seeks to restore and protect England's marine wildlife and habitats by seeking improvements to marine policy.

Chair: Chris Tuckett, Marine Conservation Society
Vice-chairs: Gareth Cunningham, RSPB & Sean Clement, WWF-UK
Link: Matt Dawson, Policy Officer

Update from the Group

The ocean plays a key role in regulating our climate and has already absorbed 20-30% of global CO2 production. If we’re to tackle the climate and ecological emergency it is critical that our ocean is recovered to a healthy state.

The Marine Group hosted a webinar to celebrate World Oceans Day (8th June) and launch their ocean recovery manifesto, a vision for restoring our seas by 2030.An expert panel from the Marine Group consisting of MCS, WWF, Surfers Against Sewage and Whale and Dolphin Conservation were joined by special guest, Minister Rebecca Pow, Rt Hon Richard Benyon and Cherilyn Mackrory MP. 200 people, including MPs and ocean allies joined the webinar to discuss how we can deliver a blue recovery post covid-19 and restore our seas for nature, people and climate. Read this blog for a full summary of the session or catch up on Twitter. See our Ocean Recovery campaign page for more information on the broader campaign.

The Group continue to work with sister Links in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on ocean recovery and consultations for the UK Marine Strategy. In November 2020 the group responded to the consultation on Part 2 of the updated Marine Strategy.

For further information, contact Matt Dawson, Link's Policy Officer.

Last updated: 9 March 2021

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