Currently, the seas around Wales are not Living Seas. For centuries we have taken the seas’ riches for granted, taking too much with little care.
The common skate, once abundant, is on the brink of extinction in the Irish Sea. The world’s second largest fish, the basking shark can be found in Welsh waters during the summer months, however, their numbers have fallen by more than 95% around the UK.
Fragile marine habitats are literally being ripped from the seabed by some of our activities.
Thankfully, it is not too late to turn this situation around. Our seas and sea life have a remarkable capacity to recover– but only if we give them the chance. If we act now, Living Seas are within our grasp.
Why must we act now?
Following a ten year campaign by The Wildlife Trusts and partners, the Marine and Coastal Access Act was passed in 2009 which provides the Welsh Government with the once in a lifetime opportunity to boost protection for marine wildlife. But new laws are only the beginning. The real challenge is to make it happen – to achieve real change – and that is where Wildlife Trusts Wales’ vision for our seas comes in.
If we act now, we can restore giants such as the common skate and basking shark to abundance. We can ensure a future for corals, seagrass meadows and reefs. We can rebuild Living Seas.
Our generation could go down in history as the one that set our seas on the road to recovery.