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Marine Conservation Zone created for Allonby Bay

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Wildlife groups say important types of marine life off the coast of west Cumbria will be much better protected in the future.

A management plan will now be drawn up for Allonby Bay, near Maryport, after its national designation as a Marine Conservation Zone.

At the local aquarium the news has been welcomed:

I think the idea of creating a Marine Conservation Zone within Allonby Bay and other areas is very good, very important for the marine life and marine habitats and it can only do good really.

– Paul Sloan, The Lake District Coast Aquarium

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Water quality fails tests in four areas

Sea water in four places in the North West have failed to meet european water quality standards according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs(DEFRA).

Allonby, Fleetwood, St Annes, Seascale fell below the Bathing Water Directive standards.

Defra says the main sources of pollution are sewage and animal waste washed into water, particularly during rainfall.

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