The comments made by George Eustice, the then Minister for Farming, Food and Fisheries, on 21 November 2013.
We are doing more than ever to protect our marine environment. Almost a quarter of English inshore waters and nine per cent of UK waters will now be better protected.
These Marine Conservation Zones will safeguard a wide range of precious sea life from seahorses to oyster beds and our ambitions do not end there.
This is just the beginning, we plan two further phases over the next three years and work to identify these will begin shortly.