SEVEN areas in the Solent have been proposed as new conservation zones by the government.
These include Fareham Creek, to the north west of Portsmouth Harbour, and Selsey Bill, to the south of Chichester.
The areas were listed among 127 possible Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) announced yesterday.
Jolyon Chesworth, marine conservation manager at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said: ‘The Solent and surrounding seas host some of the best examples of a variety of important habitats and species.
‘We have rich rocky reefs, sponge and coral gardens, underwater meadows of seagrass and creatures including stalked jellyfish and spoonworms.
‘However, these areas are also some of the busiest in the country.
‘Representatives from all interested groups have joined together to try to find spaces to conserve our important habitats and species whilst limiting impacts on our important commercial and recreational activities.’