SCARBROUGH Sea Life Centre is asking visitors to help make sure the Government approves 127 proposed safe havens for coastal marine life.

The centre said there were growing fears that ministers will falter under pressure from commercial fishing and other marine industries and approve fewer than 40 of the proposed zones.

“Just about every group who uses the sea, from fishermen to yachtsmen, were part of the consultation process,” said Sea Life’s Lyndsey Crawford, “Restrictions on fishing and other activities would benefit many species, including the now critically endangered European eel, the red-listed undulate ray and native spiny seahorses.”

“We’ve launched a postcard petition, along with all our sister Sea Life’s around the UK and hope to collect about 250,000 postcards.”

With the help of the Marine Conservation Society and dozens of schoolchildren, the Sea Life centres plan to deliver all the postcards to Westminster before a period of public consultation on the proposals gets under way in December.