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Marine protection meeting staged

A meeting to discuss plans for new marine protected areas off the South West coast has been held in Plymouth.

The sites, which will be called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ), will be part of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill which is going through Parliament.

Once it becomes law, advice will be sought on where the sites - which will ensure the protection of marine-life and its habitats - should be located.

The meeting at the Mount Batten Centre involved a slideshow and presentation.

It was organised by the Finding Sanctuary project who wanted to hear from sea-users and interest groups to help it put together recommendations about where the zones should be and how they should be managed.

Tom Hooper, manager of Finding Sanctuary, said: "We believe the success of MCZs depends on involving people who could be affected by these sites from the outset."

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