Marine Conservation faces backlash – does EDDC have a view?

In early June the Government published the Benyon Report into Marine Conservation Areas. The Report recommended the rapid creation of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) out of existing  “marine protection areas” that many conservation groups call “paper parks” with few rules. This could include Lyme Bay.

In an earlier post linking to the Benyon Report, Owl commented: “Owl’s view is that  Marine Conservation Areas, creation of a new East Devon and Dorset National Park and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Coast are all components of the  “joined up” environmental approach EDDC needs to be thinking about.”

Now the backlash (Owl can imagine what the Carters’ view might be):

Anglers face ban on fishing in protected English waters

Will Humphries Southwest Correspondent (The Times)

“Recreational anglers, charter boat captains and tackle shop owners are fighting a proposed ban on fishing in large parts of the sea around England under plans to create the first fully protected marine conservation areas.

A government-commissioned review, chaired by the former Conservative fisheries minister Richard Benyon, has recommended the rapid creation of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs). All “extractive activities”, including dredging, sewage dumping, drilling, offshore wind turbine construction and catch-and-release recreational angling, would be prohibited.

The recommendation angered commercial fishermen and recreational anglers who accused the review of failing to take account of the impact on their livelihoods and sport.

There are 175 marine protected areas in English waters but many are what conservation groups call “paper parks”, with few rules. HPMAs will be within these areas and could include the fishing port of Brixham in Devon and Chesil Beach in Dorset, where thousands of anglers cast off every year.

The Angling Trust said it was shocked that the review had “lumped in” recreational angling with industrial practices without consulting members.

A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said that if HPMAs were set up those affected would be consulted.”