State of UK marine environment assessed

Britain's environment ministry has published a detailed assessment of the state of the marine environment across the entire UK continental shelf. It promised the report three years ago (EED 02/05/04). The assessment highlights climate change and over-fishing as key challeges and proposes several initiatives to improve scientific understanding. The ministry described the overall picture to emerge from the assessment as "mixed". Environmental groups said it showed the Britain's seas were "in a poor state of health", and called for new legislation. See assessment, and press releases from UK environment ministry and NGOs.

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