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Fishing Minister hears conservation concerns

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

They call it "the million pound mile" because that's what a stretch of coastline in South-Kent is said to be worth to local fishermen. No surprise then, that a proposal to ban all fishing there - on environmental grounds - has been met with strong opposition.

The Government wants to introduce conservation zones and that would mean a ban on fishing in two areas between Folkestone and Hythe. The plan is backed by organisations like Natural England and the Wildlife Trusts.

But those whose livelihood depends on the sea think the policy is misguided and unnecessary. Today, the fisheries Minister came to Kent to hear their concerns, as David Johns reports, speaking to fisherman Mark Tart, Damian Collins MP, Richard Benyon, and fisherman Terry Noakes.

Petition calls for protection of marine wildlife

by Charlotte Wilkins

Campaigners from across the South are urging the Government to do more to protect the marine life in our seas. A quarter of a million people signed a petition which was handed in to Downing Street this afternoon.

One hundred and twenty-seven areas off the English coast were recommended to the Government as being in need of protection but only 31 of those are currently under consideration, though the rest may be included later.

Along the south coast 17 zones were proposed but only 6 are being considered. None of the zones around the Isle of Wight have been selected. Charlotte Wilkins explains.

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