Grammar pupils push for Marine Bill

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MEMBERS of Larne Grammar School Conservation Society had their annual field trip to Rathlin Island to see the spectacular 100,000 nesting seabirds at the West Light RSPB reserve.

Part of the purpose of the trip was to learn more about our seabirds and the importance of clean, productive seas- for animals, birds and people.

As the Marine Bill is currently being discussed in the Environmental Committee at Stormont, the pupils thought it would be a timely reminder to MLAs to push ahead with the implementation of the Bill as we are a few years behind the rest of the UK in terms of protection for our seas.

Pupils Callum McRoberts said: “It just seems so sensible to have marine reserves. They protect marine species and through acting as breeding grounds for our fish will help ensure a sustainable future for fishermen.”