NIMTF Needs Your Help 9 May 2012
Dear NIEL Member,
Can you help the campaign for an effective Marine Bill for Northern Ireland?
2012 is an important year for Northern Ireland’s marine environment.
The Northern Ireland Marine Bill is currently being debated at Stormont. This crucial piece of legislation will determine how our seas are managed in the future. We are already years behind England, Scotland and Wales in protection for our seas. The NI Marine Bill will introduce powers for the creation of a new type of protected area, called Marine Conservation Zones. These are areas of the sea dedicated to the protection of species, habitats or features on the sea floor (like caves and reefs).
The Environment Committee are currently scrutinising the Marine Bill and this is the best time to tell our MLAs how important the Marine Bill is, in this quick and easy campaign action.
We at NIMTF have teamed up with NICVA – the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action to send a clear message to our MLAs that nature must be at the heart of new marine legislation. Your help is needed…
What you can do?
1) Follow the link www.communityni.org/campaign/marine-act to NICVA and email your local MLAs. Ask them to support the creation of a NI network of Marine Conservation Zones with effective enforcement measures to protect and nurture the most important sites and species found in our waters. This action is really quick and easy to do with a pre–prepared template!
2) Go to the NIMTF website and vote ‘Yes’ for a Marine Bill with wildlife at its heart – www.nimtf.org/. Please note, that the website poll only lets you vote once from your internet account– it recognises your Internet Provider address! To have your vote registered please do it from your own home computer or any other internet accessible device that you may have.
3) Why not ‘tweet’ your support – and in 140 characters, tell us what the sea means to you. Use the hash tag #theseameanstome to let us know your thoughts, memories, hopes and fears for the future of our seas.
With your support, we can help to shape an important piece of legislation, of which we can be proud of for years to come!
Many thanks for your continued support.
For further details please contact the NIMTF
Richard Devlin– Marine Campaign Co–ordinator: 0772 557 3692