Discussions on plans for bird protection areas
E YORKS: A fishermen's group has held talks with conservationists about plans for protection areas for birds.
Plans under discussion include extending out to sea the protection offered at East Riding sites such as Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs.
Fishermen want any discussion about bird protection zones to be included in consultation, due to begin in December, about planned Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) to protect the seabed off the Yorkshire coast.
National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO) assistant chief executive Dale Rodmell said: "One concern we have is that we design the Marine Conservation Zones and then discover we need more.
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"We understand the impetus behind designing a network of zones but we don't want to cover 30 per cent of the seas in MCZs."
After discussing the issue, the NFFO agreed to open dialogue on the first sites moving forward for designation, including Flamborough and Bempton Cliffs.
Those talks will bear fruit once impact assessments for those sites are available.