Environmental disaster could be on the cards

The Government is leaving the Irish Sea open to an environmental disaster by postponing plans to create a network of ‘nature reserves’ off the coast of the North West, according to the North West Wildlife Trust.

Wednesday, 4th February 2015, 5:00 pm

The North West Wildlife Trusts are deeply concerned that the Government is failing to protect and recover some of the Irish Sea’s most at-risk wildlife and habitats.

Two years ago the Government’s scientific advisors concluded that some of these areas are extremely sensitive and subject to a high level of damaging fishing activity.

They warned that the areas are likely to be in poor condition and at high risk of remaining in a damaged or deteriorated condition if no action is taken to protect them.

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The North West Wildlife Trusts’ Marine Conservation Officer, Dr Emily Baxter, said: “By deciding that these areas need further consideration the Government is leaving the Irish Sea open to an environmental disaster.

“Decision-makers need to think of sustainable fisheries as an opportunity for job creation and increasing the value of fisheries.”