Pembrokeshire MCS Local Group
The MCS Pembrokeshire Local Group was formed in January 2007 with the aims of:
- developing awareness of the Pembrokeshire marine environment and marine conservation issues, including by running marine education activities
- helping West Wales based MCS members work together on Pembrokeshire marine conservation issues
- promoting local awareness of the Marine Conservation Society and its national campaigns and activities
- hosting local marine conservation campaigns
- encouraging and supporting surveys to increase knowledge of Pembrokeshire’s marine environment
To join the MCS Pembrokeshire Local Group you simply need to be a member of MCS and e-mail us so that you can be added to the local group membership list – there are no additional joining costs. If not already a member of MCS, you can join on-line by clicking here.Chairman Francis Bunker Secretary Jen Jones Treasurer Kate Lock Membership secretary Sue Burton
The group gratefully acknowledges:
– a £1000 grant from the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS ) Sustainable Pembrokeshire Small Grant Scheme to support Seasearch diving surveys of Biodiversity Action Plan species and habitats in Milford Haven during 2007 when two successful weekends of diving were completed by 26 volunteer divers.
– a further grant from PAVS, of £2000 for the development of a stand-alone video “trap” system for surveying territorial fish species. The project was carried out by long-time Skomer MNR volunteer and Honorary Warden Ross Bullimore as part of his Plymouth University marine biology course.
Networking and social
Annual joint MCS local group and S&W Wales Seasearch parties began in April 2007. They’re a great chance to meet up with fellow Seasearchers and local MCS members with a passion for protecting the marine environment. We hope to continue this annual informal get-together so watch this page for details of when and where the next one will be.
The main campaign being actively supported by the local group at present is in support of the designation and management of Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones. Your contribution could be through MCS’s You Seas Your Voice campaign, engagement in the Assembly Government’s HPMCZ project, supporting the redesignation of the Skomer MNR as an HPMCZ, or all three, and encouraging others to get engaged as well.
The opportunities for taking positive conservation actions are only limited by your own imagination.
- Government inquiry into management of marine protected areas in Wales
- European Union abandons plan to “overhaul” flagship Birds and Babitats Directives following a huge public campaign
- Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs makes “inaccurate and misleading claims” about the sustainability of Welsh seafood.
- Welsh Government dismiss objections to further scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay
- Consultation on proposed Special Areas of Conservation for harbour porpoise
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