An independent review calling for the introduction of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in English waters will have no impact on wildfowling, following early and effective BASC engagement.

The 130-page report, led by former Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon, recommends the use of HPMAs as an additional level of protection – saying they prohibit extractive, destructive and depositional uses – while continuing to allow non-damaging levels of other activities, such as surfing, scuba diving and kayaking

The report excludes the intertidal area, meaning wildfowlers will remain unaffected by any new legislation.

James Green, BASC’s head of wildfowling, said: “We are pleased to see our input has been worthwhile and the findings of the report are consistent with our requests that the current legislative framework provides adequate protection to environmental aims.

“BASC made it clear that wildfowling in many areas has already been consented, this demonstrates that wildfowling has no impact on the integrity of the site. There is absolutely no requirement for further red tape.

“BASC is fully supportive of the principles of HPMAs as recommended and thanks Richard Benyon and the other authors for their hard work on this essential project.”

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