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 Monday, 27 January, 2003, 19:51 GMT
Lundy protected from fishing
Lundy tourists
Tourists are attracted to Lundy's diverse wildlife
An area of sea to the east of Lundy is to be the UK's first No Take Zone.

The designation of the area off the north Devon coast means that no living natural resources, such as lobsters, crabs and fish, can be taken from that part of the sea.

The zone was proposed by the Devon Sea Fisheries Committee and English Nature to alleviate pressure on fish and shellfish stocks and restore wildlife.

Chris Davies, English Nature's conservation officer for Lundy, said: "This is fantastic news all round.

Seal
Seals are a big draw
"The marine life around Lundy Island is internationally important as well as being a valuable asset for local fishermen.

"The No Take Zone aims to ensure that our rich marine biodiversity is given full protection as well as continuing to provide for the local fishing community."

Lundy Island lies 19 kilometres (12 miles) north of the Devon coast in the Bristol Channel and is England's only marine nature reserve.

It is also a designated European Special Area of Conservation and features include reefs, sea caves, sub-tidal sandbanks, grey seals and sponges.

It is popular with divers and tourists and is owned by the National Trust and leased to the Landmark Trust.


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