Proposals to create Marine Conservation Zones in Wales have been scrapped. Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies made the announcement in a statement released this morning.
The proposals faced criticism from those whose living depends on the sea or tourism who feared it could seriously harm their livelihoods.
A total of 10 sites were proposed from Puffin Island on the eastern tip of Anglesey, along the Lleyn Peninsula, down Cardigan Bay to Dale and Skomer in Pembrokeshire.
Mr Davies says he now wants to understand more about the marine habitats and species already protected in Marine Protected Areas.