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WWF-UK - Government announcement that five areas of conservation for Harbour Porpoise have been notified to the EC

Alec Taylor, Marine Governance Programme Manager at WWF commented on the announcement by the UK Government that five special areas of conservation for harbour porpoise have been notified to the European Commission under the Habitats Directive (adding to one other site in Scotland)

“The harbour porpoise is one of our most loved UK species, so this is a much needed step in their protection.

These sites will not only go a long way to protecting these enigmatic animals from human pressures in the areas they use the most, but will help create a UK marine environment that is rich and healthy, enjoyed by all whilst supporting sustainable livelihoods and multi-sector use.

However, now is the time for proper management measures on issues such as bycatch and underwater noise and WWF-UK looks forward to working with the UK Government and others to ensure the safety and long-term prosperity of our harbour porpoises.”

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