Climate change shadow minister backs calls for effective marine monitoring procedures

THE MS for Aberconwy and shadow minister for climate change, Janet Finch-Saunders, has called on the Welsh Government to commit to greater effective monitoring procedures.

This would, ideally, reduce the number of large sea animals such as dolphins, whales and harbour porpoises from being caught up in fishing nets.

Mrs Finch-Saunders said: “During this climate crisis, it’s vital that we protect our marine life as much as we strive to protect our environment on land.

“We have unique waters around the coast of Wales which host a plethora of rich sea life.

“I hope to see greater action being taken by the Welsh Government to invest in marine conservationism and research into how we can tailor action plans to Wales specific issues.

“We need look no further than the Second State of Natural Resources Report to understand the Welsh Government’s failure to protect our marine environment.

“Shockingly, only 46 per cent of the Marine Protected Area network features are in favourable condition.”

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Mrs Finch-Saunders has long believed that teaching primary school years about the importance of marine life locally can help with the process of boosting cross generationally awareness.

She added: “If we’re to ensure that the work we’re doing today is for the long-term, we must start to educate our younger years on the importance of caring and loving the environment around us.

“Here in Aberconwy, with such rich coast lines and waters, we have the perfect classroom available.”