The entire MCZ network took hundreds of stakeholders over 18 months to decide. It captures very broad habitats such as reef, coarse sand, gravel, mud, and particularly in inshore waters, conservation features that are more familiar such as seagrass and mussel beds, and captures sites where rare or threatened species such as seahorses, fanshells and pink seafans have been recorded.
Stakeholder development processes were established in four different regions – southwest, northeast, northwest and southeast.
By protecting all these 127 sites, the independent scientific advisory panel believes we will achieve a network of protected areas in UK seas. so please support government to ensure every one of these sites is protected.
Click on the four areas on the map for more detailed regional information.
This is the entire MCZ Network in English waters that took two years to plan involving input from thousands of stakeholders. It captures areas of broad habitats such as mud, rock, sand and more specific areas of conservation interest.
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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultation on 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas - which has now closed. Watch this space to see what happens next!
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