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August 31,2012 | Source: BBC
Creating up to 10 marine conservation zones around Wales would have "serious cultural and economic impacts," claims a fishing industry body.
The Welsh government is proposing the zones with the backing of the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
But the Welsh Fishermen's Association (WFA) said existing conservation networks for Welsh waters are adequate.
The first consultation phase about the zones' creation closes on Tuesday.
Creating the zones would mean a ban of fishing, on dredging and on anchoring in all or some of the areas.
The consultation, led by the Welsh government, is the first of three.
The government said work on the marine conservation zones was in the early stages, and it remained flexible on the location and size of them.
The zones were formed on the advice of the CCW and are supported by the MCS.
MCS said they would provide "massive benefits" for wildlife.
But in its response to the consultation, the WFA said it had highlighted "shortcomings" in the proposals, with the Welsh government taking an "unreasonable" approach that "appears to have been driven as much by advocacy of single issue groups and personalities as based upon scientific evidence".
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