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.
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
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
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
Scottish Government MPA consultation is a turning point says MCS but there's still a long way to go >> more
Cash and emotional value of protecting our seas revealed in new report, yet so far ignored by Westminster >> More
Committee of MPs concerned that English MCZs are not being given a timetable by Government. >> More
We've been to hand in your MCZ pledges to No 10. Tweet the minister so he can't ignore us >> More
MCS' Calum Duncan hands in thousands of pledges supporting MPAs in Scotland to Environment Minister >> More
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!
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
Almost 2,000 join MCS, BSAC, Sea Life and Fish Fight on the Westminster rally >> More
MCS' march on Westminster gathers pace with support from Fish Fight, BSAC and Sea Life. Get involved now! >> More
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
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
Public consultation on MCZs is launched today with promise of just 31 zones to be designated in 2013 >>More