National Park

Lieutenant Governor: “I would support a national marine park”

THE outgoing Lieutenant Governor – Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton – would “support the idea of ​​a national marine park”.

Sir Stephen also said the island’s coast, and many of the trails around it, could also benefit from special safeguarding – perhaps by extending the boundaries of the already established Jersey National Park.

Conservationists have advocated for a marine park covering around 800 square kilometers – 30% of Jersey waters – to protect the area from overfishing, allowing species to recover and marine plants that absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide. carbon to thrive.

The previous States Assembly voted against incorporating the idea into the Bridging Island plan. But, speaking to the JEP on the eve of his retirement, Sir Stephen said: ‘I would support the idea of ​​a marine national park.

He added: “Something good would be to expand the national park. There are beautiful parts, but they need protection.

Sir Stephen said he also felt Jersey could benefit from a suitable concert venue. He said he and his wife had enjoyed theatrical performances here but that a purpose-built venue would be a great asset and suggested it would be something “the government should look into”.

However, he agreed that a more pressing priority was the shortage of affordable housing on the island.

Lack of accommodation and the high cost of living are thought to have driven young people out of Jersey, potentially fueling future recruitment problems.

Sir Stephen warned: “I think everyone should be worried because this is going to affect the whole of society.”