Sea and shore – marine life
The Welsh portion of the sea around its coasts
is equal in area to that of its land, and supports a huge array of
different species and habitats.
As our knowledge of the sea and its wildlife improves, there is
more and more focus on conserving its most important features.
CCW’s ambition is to raise awareness of the importance of our
seas, and to make sure that the variety of wildlife that exists
around Wales now is there for future generations.
What we do
CCW collects information about wildlife in Welsh waters, so that
we know what is where and when, and how sensitive different
habitats and species are to the various activities that take place
in the sea around Wales.
Collecting information is more difficult at sea than in other
areas, with a need for Scuba divers and special equipment, but CCW
has a large monitoring programme that helps us to see how things
are changing and to understand why.
This information helps us to manage the sea and coast, to make
sure that the effects of any activities can be kept as small as
We work closely with marine industries, and with the Welsh
Assembly Government, to ensure that appropriate management
frameworks and policies are put in place to secure the future of
Wales’ coasts and seas.