Marine Reserves Now
BIAZA members helped gather over 100,000 petition signatures in aquaria throughout the country for the Marine Conservation Society’s Marine Reserves Now campaign between 2007 and 2009. These petitions were presented to Westminster in a march on parliament in 2009. After ten years of lobbying by a range of charities the Marine and Coastal Access Act was enacted in 2009. BIAZA members are proud to have played some part in demonstrating public support for this Act.
BIAZA and marine aquaria are continuing to work with MCS and partners to support the development of protected areas at sea. Their long-term aim is for marine reserves (http://www.marinereservesnow.org.uk/), but they will also be campaigning for a network of sites to be designated in UK waters later this year. To see these sites, and sign up to the campaign, please visit www.mcsuk.org.