By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter
BRISTOL East MP Kerry McCarthy is backing a campaign to protect sealife.
Ms McCarthy says she supports The Wildlife Trusts’ Petition Fish campaign, which was launched at Parliament this week.
Petition Fish is The Wildlife Trusts new campaign to put pressure on the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments to create Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – sanctuaries for sea life.
Currently there is only one MPA in the UK, around Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel which is home to an impressive range of wildlife, such as grey seals, lobsters and eight species of coral.
The MP said: “We live on island, and as a nation we have an interest in keeping our sea safe and protect thousands of plants and animals it sustains. “A healthy and productive sea is key to thousands of people’s livelihoods and our personal wellbeing.
“The creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) will help our seas to recover from overfishing and pollution allowing wildlife to return and fish stokes to replenish, help to ensuring the productivity of our seas for future generations to come.”