The Society's Chairman e-mailed Dr Sarah Wollaston MP and Gary Streeter MP on 31 July 2012:
I am writing to suggest that you support the designation of the Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around England and Wales and especially those around the South Hams coast line - the Skerries Bank and the estuaries of the Dart, Avon, Erme and Yealm.
As you will know it is only since 2009 that the Marine and Coastal Access Act made it possible to protect the marine environment through the creation of MCZs. After consulting 1 million stakeholders including the fishing and marine industries and spending over £8M DEFRA proposed a network of 127 MCZs for designation.
But the Government has now delayed the process and has retreated from designating all of them despite the support of Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. The protection of our coasts is essential to our future and of considerable economic importance to our district.
May I urge you to ask the Government to reconsider and designate the MCZs.
Dr Wollaston e-mailed in reply on 9 August: