MANAGEMENT zones for Ramsey Bay have been finalised meaning that trawlers and dredgers will have to go elsewhere for catch.
The good news is that the marine environment will benefit greatly and it is hoped that the new zones will encourage marine ecotourism, leisure and education.
The areas concerned have been sub-classified into five areas: conservation, horse mussel, fisheries management and Eelgrass. Each of the five zones contain different rulings dependent upon ecological importance and the views of the about 200 respondents involved in the public consultation process into establishing a marine nature reserve.
Environment Minister John Shimmin MHK explained: ‘The zoning plan has taken full consideration of the views put forward through the consultation process. It represents a balance between protection of the marine environment and the commercial and recreational uses of the area.’
His department will implement byelaws and a Management Plan to support the management measures included in the zoning plan. A monitoring programme is also being developed to assess the effects of the management measures and ensure that the Ramsey Marine Nature Reserve has the positive benefits it has been designed to deliver.