Holderness Inshore awarded ‘blue belt’ status

Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by The News Editor

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A stretch of East Yorkshire coastline has been named a protected marine area.

Holderness Inshore, which runs from Skipsea to Spurn Point, is now one of the government’s “blue belt” Marine Conservation Zones.

It boasts a wealth of diversity, including habitats of cobbles, mixed sediment, sand and chalk, alongside patches of peat and clay.

More than eight different types of crabs have been seen at Holderness Inshore, as have the purple bloody henry starfish and common sunstars. Harbour porpoises and minke whales are also seen regularly.

The government has announced 23 new Marine Conservation Zones, meaning 8,000 square miles of UK waters now have environmental protection.

“As an island nation, the UK is surrounded by some of the richest and most diverse sea life in the world – from the bright pink sea-fan coral colonies off the south-west coast, to the great chalk reef stretches in the east,” says Marine Environment Minister George Eustice.

“It is vital that we protect our marine environment to ensure our seas remain healthy, our fishing industry remains prosperous and future generations can enjoy our beautiful beaches, coastline and waters.”

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Published: Monday 18th January 2016 by The News Editor

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