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Marine zones petition

West Country environmental groups have criticised the government over plans to limit the number of areas where marine life is protected. A petition with 250,000 signatures was handed in to Parliament by wildlife groups from across the country.

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Marine Conservation Zones Petition Handed to Government

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.

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