The locations of new Marine Conservation Zones in the south west are expected to be revealed later. Among the places being considered are Mounts Bay in Cornwall as well as stretches of the North Cornwall and North Devon coast.
Environmental groups from the West Country have criticised the government over plans to limit the number of areas where marine life is protected. Today a framed copy of a petition with quarter of a million signatures was handed in to Parliament by wildlife groups from across the country.
It asks Ministers to create more marine conservation areas around our coasts. Only a quarter of those proposed will be recognised this year. Environment Minister Richard Benyon says more zones may be added later, and that the government is starting with those areas that have the strongest case.