10:20am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Letters
EACH month the hard working volunteers of Friends of Barry Beaches spend many hours of their time removing manmade rubbish from our local beaches.
But recently there is one change that has made a real difference for the better, the Welsh Government’s policy of charging for single use plastic bags. Since this innovative and brave policy was introduced we have noticed a dramatic reduction in the numbers of plastic carrier bags having to be removed from our beaches.
Seas and oceans cover 71 per cent of our planet’s surface, which is home to an amazing variety of life – from the tiniest plankton to highly intelligent mammals such as dolphins and whales.
But threats such as pollution, climate change and overfishing is putting our marine environment under severe pressure. Three quarters of major fish stocks are now fished to the point where they can’t replenish themselves. And every year 40 million tonnes of sea life are caught accidentally and returned to the sea either dead or dying.
I now hope that the Welsh Government will have the same innovative and brave foresight by setting up desperately needed Marine Conservation Zones around the Welsh coast.
I believe that Wales can lead the world in protecting its precious and beautiful environment.
Rob Curtis Co-ordinator of Friends of Barry Beaches