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EU Conservation Law Breached in UK

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Britain is being threatened with court action by the European Commission within the next 2 months for what it sees as a failure to protect Harbour Porpoises. The threat comes after the numbers of the cetaceans has plummeted in recent years due to injuries from boats, underwater noise and fisheries bycatch. To avoid court action the UK needs to introduce more designated protection sites under the Habitats Directive so as to protect the cetaceans from “seriously compromise to their ecological character”, something that could happen should numbers continue to fall.

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Richard Dallison

Environment Editor 2014/15

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