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Plastic pollution is choking our seas, seabirds are starving and underwater noise is on the rise, but Environment Links UK are warning that the greatest threat to the marine environment is the lack of ambition from the UK Governments to #SeasOurFuture and deliver an ambitious UK Marine Strategy.

UK Governments promised to collectively protect and restore our oceans by 2020 in the UK Marine Strategy. This strategy requires the UK to achieve healthy seas by tackling 15 of the biggest threats to our oceans including ocean pollution, diversity and overfishing.

Yet, in May 2019 UK Governments announced they had failed to achieve all but 4 out of 15 indicators for healthy seas. This news followed other stark warnings from the UN and Government organisations own reports that nature is declining at an alarming rate.

With support for environmental action at an all time high, Environment Links UK (ELUK) are calling for urgent action to turn the tide for our seas. Working together, ELUK are pushing Governments to #SeasOurFuture and develop a UK Marine Strategy with clear targets that: provides well-monitored and protected conservation areas; delivers sustainable, bycatch-free fishing and aquaculture; slashes ocean plastic, chemical and noise pollution; and implements a marine planning system which addresses interconnected land and sea issues, such as pollution.

If our Governments are serious about being world leaders in marine conservation then an ambitious, jointly produced UK Marine Strategy should be the first step. But instead, without a step-change in approach, UK Governments are putting not only our iconic nature at risk but also the benefits that a healthy marine environment provides for people.

They must #SeasOurFuture, to restore our marine environment, tackle the climate emergency and ensure a safe, healthy sea for future generations.

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