Four new marine conservation zones have been created off the north east coast.
Marine Conservation Zones protect a range of important marine wildlife and habitats and can be designated anywhere in English waters. They were introduced to try to halt the deterioration of the UK’s marine biodiversity.
The new zones are:
Coquet Island to St Mary’s Island off Whitley Bay
The government say its part of their commitment to create a 'Blue Belt’ to cover over 20% of English waters. The zones are some of the 23 created nationally.