MPs demand proof over DEFRA's marine conservation claims

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has demanded proof from the government to support its claims that the UK is surpassing internationally agreed targets on marine protection.

EAC is heavily critical of the government's response to its inquiry into sustainable seas, published today, arguing that the government is “doing little more than putting lines on a map, creating marine reserves that are ‘paper parks’, where fishing and dredging can still occur”.

The committee’s chair, Mary Creagh, has also written to environment secretary Therese Coffey over a claim in the government response that it had surpassed an internationally agreed Aichi target to protect at least 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020.

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