Statement on natural resources and food

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The Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies set out his vision for a more sustainable and profitable fishing industry that delivers employment opportunities in coastal communities in his statement on 18 June 2013.

Mr Davies said that his plans were based on a healthy environment for Wales and that he had been working with the Irish minister to agree on a regional management for Irish sea waters.

Labour member Joyce Watson asked the minister what areas the plan was likely to cover as "nature doesn't pay notice to lines on maps".

The minister said that he would make a statement on marine conservation zones as they needed to be reviewed.

He said that 36% of Welsh waters are protected and that he needed to know where the gaps were and the need for further protection.

Plaid Cymru member Dafydd Elis-Thomas praised the minister for the attached document "stating for the first time that Wales has a sea".

Lord Elis-Thomas said that Dwyfor Meirionnydd was protected by the document.

The minister said that he hoped to launch today a start in discussions all over Wales on the marine environment we want across the country.

Darllenwch hwn yn Gymraeg.

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