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Conserving the Devonshire Avon from source to sea


by | Nov 20, 2009 | Main | 0 comments

The Finding Sanctuary Project

The Finding Sanctuary project is encouraging you to tell them which areas of sea around the south-west are important to you. In November this year, the new Marine and Coastal Access Act became law.  Amongst other things, the Act will introduce new protected areas called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). These MCZs will aim to protect marine animals, plants, and habitats around the coasts and seas of England, by managing how we use particular parts of the sea.  Boating is one of the activities that could be restricted within MCZs in certain ways, which may in turn affect some activities. Therefore it’s important you have the opportunity to have your say on where MCZs should be located around the south-west region. Exeter-based project, Finding Sanctuary, has been set up to help you to do just this. Through working with local sea users to understand how different groups use the sea, the project will ensure MCZs in the south-west are planned in a way that minimises conflicts with human uses, and at the same time that they meet the conservation goals.

Finding Sanctuary staff are conducting face to face mapping interviews with sea users throughout the region to record your knowledge of your local area, information on which areas of sea you use, and any concerns you may have. By sharing your knowledge and information with Finding Sanctuary, you are ensuring that your interests can be taken into account.

Perhaps you are a sailor/boater yourself and would like to contribute information about your personal use of the sea? Or maybe you are a member of a club or organisation and would like to tell us about the areas that your club uses? Alternatively, you may like to share information about locations of the sea that are important to your business? If you would like to make sure your views are taken into account please get in touch with Beth Henshall. Beth will be happy to meet with you to conduct a short face to face interview. She can also come to your club or organisation to speak to your members in more detail about the work of Finding Sanctuary.  To arrange an interview or a talk please call Beth on 07709 495629, or email her at For more information about Finding Sanctuary, visit .

Beth Henshall
Recreational Boating Assistant Liaison Officer, Finding Sanctuary


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