Plans to protect Cumbrian coast

Two Cumbrian coastal areas could be given greater protection under plans to conserve marine habitats.

The Irish Sea Conservation Zones project has suggested stretches around Allonby Bay and Whitehaven and Workington be included.

The project is recommending sites to the government which could become marine conservation zones.

People are being asked to comment on the proposals before final recommendations in August.

The two areas have been highlighted because of the habitats, including sandy reefs, and the wildlife they support.

The idea of the project is to protect such areas while having the least possible impact on people using them.

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