Launched in October 2009 The Deep worked to help develop a coherent network of marine protected areas around The English coast.
Netgain was officially launched in October 2009 and completed its work in July 2012. During this time, The Deep donated £30,000 in kind to the project through the use of buildings and facilities. The aim of the project was to develop a coherent network of Marine Protected Areas around the English coast. The Deep played a key role in chairing the stakeholder sessions and in lobbying for the establishment of the Marine Bill from which the project originated. We also provided office space for the project team and finance assistance. These zones form one of the most crucial conservation initiatives ever undertaken in our native waters
In 2013, the first 27 Marine Conservation Zones were designated by the UK government with a further 23 zones consulted on at the beginning of 2015. Thanks to massive public support, the government announced the designation of all 23 UK Marine Conservation Zones, bringing the total to 50 sites, offering protection to 20% of English waters! This is great news, however there is still lots of work to be done to develop and install effective conservation management plans for these areas.
The Deep encouraged its supporters and visitors to petition for the creation of these zones through the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), with the long-term goal of providing further protection to our coastline.
The last 77 sites will be consulted on in 2017 and designated in 2018. To learn more about these sites and how you can support these actions visit www.mcsuk.org/mpa/.