The Wildlife Trusts
Petition Fish goes to Westminster

Last Tuesday The Wildlife Trusts welcomed MPs and peers from all parties and from across the country to a Westminster event.

Petition Fish calling for greater marine protection was presented to Natural Environment minister, Richard Benyon. Politicians got the message that we are serious about having a full network of Marine Conservation Zones - and that this is what the public really want. Thank you to all to the 249,859 who signed up!

The media were there too – for some of the highlights go to Farming Today (jump to six mins), ITV Meridian, ITV West Country, The Guardian, MSN News, BBC News Online, Dorset Echo, The Evening Standard, Eastern Daily Press.

Richard Benyon, Natural Environment Minister, speaks.

We present a Petition Fish to the Minister.

We present a Petition Fish to the Minister.

What we are calling for

The Wildlife Trusts are highlighting the unprecedented opportunity that this country has to protect our marine environment using Marine Conservation Zones with a: 250,000 signature ‘Petition Fish’ presented to Natural Environment Minister New report signalling socio-economic benefits of marine protection Newly released poll showing high public support for greater marine protection This opportunity exists only until the end of March when the Government consultation on Marine Conservation Zones closes. During this period the public can have their say for the first time. 127 Marine Conservation Zones were recommended and chosen after two years’ work by more than one million stakeholders from many backgrounds - from fishermen, the aggregates industry and divers, to the boating community and conservationists. Take a look at some of these amazing places at our interactive map – you may be surprised at the huge diversity of landscapes and species that live beneath the waves around our shores… www.wildlifetrusts.org

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust discuss Marine Conservation Zones underneath the seahorse

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust discuss Marine Conservation Zones underneath the seahorse

How the scales were signed by 250,000 people

How the scales were signed by 250,000 people

Another scale on the fish

Another scale on the fish

Hilary Benn MP posing under a sea horse with Steph from The Wildlife Trusts

Hilary Benn MP posing under a sea horse with Steph from The Wildlife Trusts

George Hollingbery MP (Meon Valley, Hampshire) talks about how the public can do to help by writing to the Natural Environment Minister

George Hollingbery MP (Meon Valley, Hampshire) talks about how the public can do to help by writing to the Natural Environment Minister