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RSPB statement on embargoed Defra sandeel fisheries closure announcement

The RSPB has spokespeople available to talk on the importance of the Defra announcement to close industrial sandeel fishing in English waters, which will be a game changer for saving the UK’s globally important seabird colonies. 

And this statement: 

Beccy Speight chief executive of the RSPB said: “Answering the RSPB’s call to end industrial Sandeel fishing, today’s announcement is a vital lifeline from our Government for our seabirds when they need it most. The UK is home to globally important seabird colonies, but these populations are at the forefront of the nature and climate emergency and are in significant decline, with their resilience being pushed to the limit.

“To support the recovery of our seabirds, the RSPB has long recommended an end to industrial Sandeel fishing in UK waters to secure vital food sources for these amazing birds. A call that has been passionately backed by tens of thousands of our members and supporters when Defra launched a public consultation on the issue. Halting wildlife decline and putting nature on the path to recovery must be supported by a programme of Government actions and today’s announcement represents one of those jigsaw pieces, along with demonstrating that overwhelmingly the public supports  these actions that enable nature’s recovery.”