Boaters sought to join steering group to decide location of MCZs in the South West

Boaters are being sought to join a ‘steering group’ to help decide where the first Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) will be located in South West England.

MBM reported in February’s issue how the Government was having a bigger impact than ever on boating, and one of the ways it was doing this was through MCZs.

The concern is that boating activities like anchoring and travelling at speed might be restricted in any MCZs that are designated, which makes it crucial that we have our say.

Finding Sanctuary, the first of a number of organisations to be set up around the country to decide the location of the zones, is now seeking input from a “wide cross section of stakeholders”.

Sir Harry Studholme, chairman of the steering group, said: “Steering Group representatives should have a high profile and excellent knowledge of the sector they are representing. They must also be willing to actively speak about the interests of their stakeholder group in discussions and engage positively in the process.”

If you think you fit the bill and would like to have your say on the future of boating in the South West, apply before 6 March to Joana Doyle on 01392 878328 or by email – Joana.Doyle@southwestfoodanddrink.com