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Wales already has a good coverage of marine protected areas that exclude fishing methods like scallop dredging.
The Welsh Government decided on an approach of making a few ‘highly protected’ MCZs: closed to all forms of fishing as well as other activities that could cause damage to the seabed or wildlife.
The Welsh Government held a consultation in summer 2012, and received many passionate responses supporting and opposing highly protected MCZs. A report is expected in April 2013 on the next steps that will be taken.