Call to protect Yorkshire coastline

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Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Sea creatures off East Yorkshire’s coast need more protection, according to a report from a wildlife charity.

The eastern coastline should be one of 17 zones protected from problems such as pollution, over-fishing, marine development and boat traffic, The Wildlife Trusts has said.

Campaigners claim existing policy needs to be reformed in order to provide safeguards for animals like dolphins, whales, sharks and porpoises.

Ministers say their aim is to establish an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas.

However, the charity says these plans fail to protect nutrient-rich areas where water wells up from the deep ocean, providing food for plankton, which then attracts the species. These areas act as hotspots for the animals, according to The Wildlife Trusts.

It says intensive boat use and practices like bottom trawling and scallop dredging should be banned in these areas in addition to the development of offshore structures like wind farms.

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Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 by The News Editor

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