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Poll finds overwhelming support for a marine park in Jersey

March 09, 2022 by Blue Marine Foundation

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An independent poll has found that more than four out of five people would like to see a marine park in Jersey.    

Commissioned by Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and the National Trust for Jersey the poll aimed to gauge public opinion on the protection of Jersey’s waters ahead of the Bridging Island Plan this month.    

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The poll, led by 4insight, captured the views of over 2,400 islanders on their opinions on Jersey’s increased control over its own waters, and to what degree they are in favour of further protection within its “high value” marine habitats, essential for biodiversity, carbon sequestration and sustaining fisheries.   

The poll found that while nearly 85 per cent of people believe it’s good that Jersey has more control over its waters since Brexit, almost three quarters think the island’s fish stocks are in a worse condition than 50 years ago.   

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Some 86 per cent said they thought that Jersey should introduce higher fisheries management standards, while 85 per cent responded that they thought a marine park should be set up in 30 per cent of Jersey’s waters, that could protect future fishing jobs, help tackle climate change and encourage tourism.   

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Although a ban on bottom trawling and dredging is not currently being considered, 91 per cent replied they would be in favour of such a ban.  

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Charles Clover, executive director of BLUE, said “The people of Jersey have sent a very clear message. They want to see this new-found control over their waters result in sustainable management, for the island, for the environment and for future generations. Jersey is at a crossroads and its people have chosen firmly which path they wish to take.” 

  

Charles Alluto, CEO of the National Trust for Jersey, said “The Crown gifted the seabed to the people of Jersey in 2015 and this poll clearly demonstrates how the majority of Islanders would like to see their marine environment managed and cared for by our Government. This month States Members will have the unique opportunity, afforded through the Bridging Island Plan debate, to demonstrate that they have listened to the people of Jersey and to put the necessary measures in place to deliver a marine park for the future benefit of our Island”.

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Photo credits: images by James Bowden

 

Press Coverage:

Survey Shows Support For Marine Park – Channel 103 March 09 2022

 

Strong support for marine national park – Jersey Evening Post March 09 2022

 

Poll suggests strong public support for Marine Park – Bailiwick Express March 09 2022

 

More than four in five people back proposals for Jersey’s marine park – ITV online March 08 2022

 

Strong support for a marine national park around Jersey’s coast – Coastal News Today March 09 2022

 

Background reading:

FOCUS: STRIVE EXPANSION AND PROTECTION FOR OUAISNÉ SUPPORTED IN ISLAND PLAN – February 15, 2022 by Bailiwick Express

 

THE AMBITIOUS VISION FOR A MARINE PARK IN JERSEY – January 28, 2022

 

PORTELET ‘SNORKEL TRAIL’ AIMS TO OPEN UP UNDERWATER WORLD TO ALL – January 13, 2022 by Bailiwick Express Jersey Edition

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