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Last Updated: Thursday April 03 2008 04:47 GMT

Sealife's future in the spotlight

Experts want more protection for Britain's sealife

It's a big day for the creatures which live along the UK's 11,000-mile coast.

The government is releasing details of how it plans to protect our sealife, which is under threat from fishing, pollution and climate change.

But conservationists want even tougher measures brought in to stop our sea and its creatures getting damaged.

The Marine Conservation Society is calling for a massive network of off-shore reserves where any harmful activity is banned.

Members are marching with other campaign groups to the Houses of Parliament in London, to deliver a petition backing their demands.
Experts want more protection for Britain's sealife
Conservationists want to protect sealife

Some people oppose them because many people earn their living through fishing and other sea-based jobs.

Rubbish

Newsround asked kids what they thought about the issue.

Jika said: "People should stop putting giant fishing nets at the bottom of the sea because it will destroy the coral."

Nerissa added: "If I was in charge, I would look after the sea and ban people from throwing rubbish into it."