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APR 22, 2013 - The Guardian

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Scientists attack government climbdown on marine protection

Academics warn government it could be condemning marine environment to 'years of overexploitation and degradation'The UK's top marine scientists have denounced government ministers for reneging on plans to protect marine life by banning the most destructive fishing and dredging in the seas around the British Isles.Sealife, including fish, lobsters, oysters and seahorses, has been in rapid decline for years. A two-year, £8m consultation involving thousands of people and the government's own scientific advisers concluded that 127 marine protection zones (MPZs) were needed to halt the decline. ... Read More

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