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Plymouth sound could become UK's first National Marine Park

MP Luke Pollard has launched a bid to turn Plymouth Sound into the UK's first National Marine Park. Credit: ITV West Country

A Plymouth MP has launched a bid to create the UK's first National Marine Park in the city.

The idea behind the park, which would be built in Plymouth Sound, is to help people better understand marine life and the ocean.

MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, announced the proposals at the University of Plymouth this morning (Friday 7 December).

More than 13,000 people are employed in the marine sector in Plymouth. Credit: ITV West Country

His vision is backed by the city's world-class marine science and research institutes, who have worked together over the past year on the proposals.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove and UN Patron of the Ocean, Lewis Pugh, have both supported the idea.

The aim is to create a framework for NMPs and roll it out across the country.

Luke Pollard outlined the benefits the park would have for local people, businesses and the environment.

More than 13,000 people are employed in the marine sector in Plymouth.

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