Trawler Net on commercial fishing boat Anney Lier

Marine unProtected Areas

England's offshore Marine Protected Areas continue to be exploited by fishing methods damaging already fragile seabed habitats.

98

%

of UK's offshore seabed MPAs experience fishing activity, like bottom trawling

6

%

of UK’s seabed MPAs legally ban bottom-towed fishing gear

5,055

hrs

of fishing, including bottom trawling, in Dogger Bank MPA from 2021-22

Join us in calling for proper protections for our seas, now.

Dogger Bank MPA has the capacity to store the most carbon of all English MPAs – equivalent to 2.5 million return trips from London to Sydney.

As discussions continued for the protection of Dogger Bank, it was even more exploited. 

While bottom-towed fishing gear is still permitted in sites like Dogger Bank, more carbon is released from the seabed into the ocean, reducing its ability to buffer the effects of climate change.

Since 1st February 2021, Dogger Bank has experienced 5,055 hours* of fishing, including bottom trawling.

There's no more time for delays.

No more broken promises, for the sake of our seas

England's offshore Marine Protected Areas continue to be exploited by fishing methods damaging already fragile seabed habitats.

Last year, supposedly a 'Marine Super Year', saw the UK Government's promises broken as the ocean suffered the consequences.

While damaging fishing is permitted to continue in these protected seas, the ocean's power to buffer the effects of the climate crisis is reduced.

Show your support for a ban on damaging fishing in England's vital offshore Marine Protected Areas to help protect the seabed and combat the climate crisis.

In January 2021, we released the Marine unProtected Areas report, delving into fishing activity in England's protected seas. You can read more from the report, and learn more about why Marine Protected Areas are so vital in combatting the climate crisis here.

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