Se­abed law

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UK shell­fish­ing is sub­ject to strin­gent EU reg­u­la­tions, which can re­strict the size of tar­get species and where they’re caught. There is in­creas­ing sup­port for cre­at­ing ma­rine con­ser­va­tion zones, such as the ‘no take’ re­serve around 3.3sq km (1.27sq miles) of Lundy Is­land, the first ma­rine con­ser­va­tion zone, cre­ated in 2010. A fur­ther 26 have fol­lowed, with calls for more. Leg­is­la­tion in­clud­ing the Ma­rine and Coastal Ac­cess Act 2009 and the Ma­rine Strat­egy Frame­work Di­rec­tive as well as ini­tia­tives such as Natura 2000 all af­fect shell­fish­ing in the UK.

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