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Vibrant Seas

You don’t need to visit a tropical sea to meet lots of colourful and amazing species, the seas around Wales have it all

Large areas of the seas around Wales have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas under the Natura 2000 network due to their internationally important wildlife.

Our seas are home to important habitats which support the sea creatures such as urchins, worms, shellfish and starfish which in turn provide a vital food source for the grey seal and the bottle-nose dolphins.

A healthy marine environment is not just good for the creatures that live in it but vital for the fishing industry too and monitoring is needed to make sure all is well. The LIFE Natura 2000 programme has produced costed action plans for every Marine Natura 2000 site in Wales, planning for the future and helping to obtain vital funds.

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