The Government has just created 41 Marine Conservation Zones, stretching from Northumberland in the North East to Norfolk, to the Isles of Scilly and beyond. These will help marine life recover and thrive in protected areas.
A group which was important in gathering the information to help decide which areas should be protected was that of volunteer divers.
They are members of an organization called Seasearch.
Seasearch is a project for volunteer scuba divers who are interested to find out and discover more about what they see under water. They also want to help protect the marine environment around the coastlines of Britain and Ireland.
Seasearch divers record what lives in each area, and establish the richest sites for marine life. They also pinpoint sites where there are problems for marine life – and those areas which need protection. Visit their Recording page for more information.
These findings helped the government decide which marine areas should be protected.