Coast campaign’s sea of support

A CAMPAIGN to protect the North Sea coast has found a tide of support from the public.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust was planning to take a plastic seahorse to events around the region this summer to ask people to sign its silver scales and show their support for the Marine and Coastal Access Act.

But within just three weeks of the launch of the initiative, the seahorse has been filled with more than 250 signatures.

And later this month it will head to London to be presented to Secretary of State for the Environment Caroline Spelman.

The trust began the campaign to ensure the Government does not back down on plans to create a number of Marine Protected Areas around the UK, including the North Sea.

Its Head of Conservation Steve Lowe said: “Talk about people power.

“As with the whole selling off of the forest issue earlier in the year, people throughout the region are sending a clear message to Whitehall — they care about what happens to the region in which they live and they will stand up for the wildlife living there.”