The Ocean Conservation Trust and the National Marine Aquarium are pleased to be one of the core partners driving the Plymouth Sound to be designated the UK’s first National Marine Park. 

“Plymouth Sound is one of the world’s most important and visually stunning natural harbours. It has multiple designations for protected habitats and supports over 1000 species of fish and other marine animal life.  It is home to HMNB Devonport, the largest naval base in Western Europe, commercial ports, a substantial national fishing fleet, international fish market, commercial diver training, a global hub for marine leisure industries and an internationally important marine research cluster. It is a historic tourist destination; Plymouth and its people have played a vital role in the development of Europe and the Americas. Nowhere could be more deserving of special recognition at a local or national level. So many pioneering voyages of discovery have set sail from Plymouth that it is natural for Plymouth to be considered as the UK’s first National Marine Park.”

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Our team at the declaration event for the UK’s first National Marine Park

At the Ocean Conservation Trust, we have been showcasing why we feel that Plymouth Sound should be celebrated for decades. Through education, research and engagement, our work to put Plymouth’s waters on the world map has been relentless. 

Our team of conservation, education and communications experts are supporting the fantastic team at Plymouth City Council to ensure that the people of Plymouth (and beyond) connect with the National Marine Park and use the park as a hook to inspire pro-Ocean behaviour. 

How will this help the Ocean?

The Ocean Conservation Trust would love to use Plymouth National Marine Park as a way to connect as many people as possible with the Ocean. Our experience in converting people to be Ocean literate means we hope the park is a key part of connect Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean city, with the Ocean and all its wonders. 

For more information on the UK’s National Marine Park, head here: https://plymouthsoundnationalmarinepark.com/ 

How you can help?

Our Ocean Discovery Rangers and Ocean Education Team are always looking for new ways to connect people with the Ocean. To continue our important work our charity is looking for donations. If you would like to support our work, please donate to our charity. 

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