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England | 41 new MPAs declared; will form a 12,000-sq-km "blue belt" along coastline

An area almost eight times the size of London has been designated as a series of protected “blue belt” zones in the seas around England’s coastline, the government has announced.

The 41 marine conservation zones will cover 12,000 square kilometres (4,600 square miles) of England’s seas and range from the coast of Northumberland to the seas south of the Isles of Scilly.

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