Our seas and coast are home to an array of
different species and have helped to shape our culture and our
economy. We need to make sure that our marine environment
is sustainable in the long term. Having a strong and
relevant policy and legislative framework is important if we
are to succeed with this goal.
Protecting this environmental resource is important because:
- Around 70% of the coastline is designated as European Marine
Sites because of its habitats and the wildlife that live in
- All of Wales’ major cities are on the coast with 60% of us
living and working there.
- 52,000 jobs in Wales are linked to the marine environment,
mainly through tourism, contributing £2.46 million GDP to the Welsh
As well as providing advice to government, industry and private
and public bodies, CCW also works closely with our sister agencies
– English Nature: Natural England, Scottish National Heritage and
the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. This way we can make sure
that policies will benefit Wales’ marine environment.