Since 2013 various proposals have been mooted to create a ‘Marine Park’ in the Plymouth marine space, to create a ‘Marine National Park’ in that marine space or to create a belt of ‘‘Marine National Parks’ around the UK, the first of which would be designated in the Plymouth area.
Such proposals appear to be predicated upon the success of terrestrial Nationals Parks in England and Wales since 1949. There is little doubt that terrestrial National Parks are viewed as being a very successful concept, indeed increasingly so. Although multi-purpose they have provided landscape and natural heritage conservation, as well as socio-economic benefits, especially in terms of recreation and public health. However the transition from terrestrial to marine is never straightforward.
Since autumn 2017 the University's Centre for Marine Conservation and Policy Research (MarCoPol) has been examining the various proposals and two conferences are occurring in Plymouth this June to discuss the concepts. While the project is ongoing, certain initial conclusions have been reached and Simon Pittman and Mike Williams, Visiting Research Fellows at the University will outline MarCoPol’s initial conclusions and how MarCoPol thinks the proposals can most realistically be implemented within a foreseeable timeframe at this event.
As spaces are limited for this talk, registration is essential via the above link.
About the Wembury Marine Centre
The Wembury Marine Centre is managed by a partnership of Devon County Council, Devon Wildlife Trust, the University of Plymouth Marine Institute, South Hams District Council and the National Trust, with support from Wembury Parish Council and with guidance from the Advisory Group of the Wembury Marine Conservation Area.
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