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25 September 2018

Commenting on the Environment Secretary's call for a third of the world's oceans to be protected, WWF Chief Executive Tanya Steele said:

"The world’s oceans are home to some of our most incredible wildlife — much of it still undiscovered — and millions around the world rely on the sea for their livelihoods. This is a good and realistic proposal that presents an ambitious vision of a future world working together to ensure this resource is protected and restored. But that can only become reality if global leaders sign on to a binding and shared commitment - a global deal for nature. And if we ensure that here in the UK we better manage our own marine protected areas."

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Jonathan Jones | 07835291907 |

Notes to editors:

  • WWF is working with Sky Ocean Rescue to improve the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) off the coasts of the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Though these areas are recognised as having special value, many are currently failing to support marine life and the people that rely on them.
  • Our work will overhaul how MPAs are managed so that they can truly live up to their name and protect these vital habitats, giving them chance to recover from past damage and thrive again.

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