National Marine Park
- Plymouth Sound has been declared as the UK’s first National Marine Park
- The National Marine Park brings together all of Plymouth Sound’s assets under one banner
- Luke has been campaigning for this since he was elected in 2017
- Luke Pollard: “With the nation’s first National Marine Park, we are reinforcing why Plymouth truly is Britain’s Ocean City”
Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has been successful in his campaign to get Plymouth Sound named as the UK’s first National Marine Park. This would bring together all of the existing environmental protections and aim to capture the imagination of locals and tourists alike. This was one of Mr Pollard’s key manifesto pledges in 2017, and he has been collaborating with the Council to deliver it ever since.
Celebrating the declaration of Plymouth Sound as the UK’s first National Marine Park, Luke Pollard said:
“Two years ago in the 2017 General Election I proposed that Plymouth Sound should be designated as the UK’s first National Marine Park. For me it was the perfect was to tell our story, get more involved with our unique marine environment and build pride in our city and our heritage.
“This project has grown and grown – now we have boldly declared as a city that Plymouth Sound will be the nation’s first National Marine Park. I feel like a proud Dad.
“As a city we have an incredible story to tell about the sea. Our heritage and legacy as a maritime city, our continuing expertise supporting the Royal Navy, our impressive scientific and academic centres of excellence, and our proud fishing industry mean we are ideally suited to capitalise on this and grow. We just need a way to tell our story – and the National Marine Park is the perfect way to do it
“With the nation’s first National Marine Park, we are reinforcing why Plymouth truly is Britain’s Ocean City”