Leading charity the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has joined the Greener UK coalition.
MCS has joined Greener UK at a time of great importance. The government has pledged in Brexit to enhance environmental protections and standards, and to use leaving the EU as an opportunity to establish 'world-leading' sustainable fisheries.
Yet the fisheries bill currently going through parliament does not meet expectations, failing to introduce legal requirements to establish sustainable fisheries or to set sustainable fishing limits. There are also ongoing wider concerns around the protection of valuable habitats - in sea and on land - and the strength of independent oversight of environmental laws after Brexit.
Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes at the Marine Conservation Society, said:
"Being part of Greener UK enables MCS to add our voice to an NGO coalition that is strongly representing the case for the environment through Brexit.
"Together, our specific focus is on restoring and enhancing the UK's environment as we leave the EU. Brexit will bring fundamental changes to environmental legislation, and so presents significant risks, and opportunities, for protection of our land and sea.
"We are looking forward to giving the marine environment a greater focus through the Brexit process, on fisheries matters, the environment bill, and on targets for the UK Government's 25 Year environment plan."
Amy Mount, head of the Greener UK unit, said:
"With the fisheries bill making its way through parliament, this is a crucial time to campaign for more sustainable fishing and better protections for our marine environments. MCS have long been a strong voice on these issues, so we look forward to working with them even more closely in the Brexit process."
Greener UK is now a coalition of 14 environmental organisations working for enhanced protections and standards in Brexit. These are: Campaign for Better Transport (CBT); Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE); Client Earth; E3G; Friends of the Earth; Green Alliance; Greenpeace; Marine Conservation Society (MCS); National Trust; RSPB; The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT); The Wildlife Trusts; The Woodland Trust; and WWF.