NOW is the time to SAVE our seas

MCZ Network

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.

English MCZ network

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.

North East South East South West Irish Seas

MCS News

More MCZs planned for English seas in 2015

Defra say that a further 37 Marine Conservation Zones are being considered for designation in 2015. We're pleased, but it's still a long way off what's needed for a full network of protection in English waters to stop the decline in marine biodiversity. >> Read more

Consultation on Scottish MPAs has now closed

Marine Scotland will now analyse all the responses - and hopefully in spring 2014, we'll hear which MPAs will be going forward for designation. We will keep you posted! Until then you can keep pledging your support. >> Pledge

Your chance to help Scottish seas recover

Act now! Take part in the consultation on a MPA network around Scotland. 33 sites proposed in first step to secure the future of one of Scotland's most valuable assets  >> more

Historic summer to save Scotland`s seas

Scottish Government MPA consultation is a turning point says MCS but there's still a long way to go >> more

English seas worth billions to economy

News Item imageCash and emotional value of protecting our seas revealed in new report, yet so far ignored by Westminster >> More

Marine Conservation Zones for English seas stalling, say MPs

Committee of MPs concerned that English MCZs are not being given a timetable by Government. >> More

For one day only, let`s get tweeting

News Item imageWe've been to hand in your MCZ pledges to No 10. Tweet the minister so he can't ignore us >> More   

MCS at Holyrood to hand in marine pledges

News Item imageMCS' Calum Duncan hands in thousands of pledges supporting MPAs in Scotland to Environment Minister >> More

English consultation now closed

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!

12 days left to save English seas

The public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones closes at the end of March. Find out why this is so important for Coleen the Quahog and have your say now. >> More 

March for marine protection a huge success

News Item imageAlmost 2,000 join MCS, BSAC, Sea Life and Fish Fight on the Westminster rally >> More   

Fish Fighting Hugh to front MCS march on Westminster

News Item imageMCS' march on Westminster gathers pace with support from Fish Fight, BSAC and Sea Life. Get involved now! >> More  

Join our Westminster rally

On 25th February 2013, MCS is leading a march across Westminster bridge to the Houses of Parliament to show mass support for 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas.  >> More

Sea creatures sing for their survival

Watch our new video showing why England's sea creatures are so desperate for 127 Marine Conservation Zones. Please share it and help it go viral >> Watch now

Government shows lack of ambition with latest MCZ announcement

News Item imagePublic consultation on MCZs is launched today with promise of just 31 zones to be designated in 2013 >>More