Offshore Foreland MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This extensive offshore site lies mid-channel between Dover and Calais, stretching under the ferry crossing and over the Channel Tunnel! Offshore Foreland includes deeply gouged channels of rocky habitats through sandy seabed, providing rich habitat for diverse communities and fish and invertebrates.

Designation of this marine conservation zone in 2019 should lead to much needed protection from the impacts of heavey, bottom-towed gear.

MPA Type

Marine Conservation Zone

Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are designated under UK legislation (Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009) and have been established around England, Wales and Northern Ireland to contribute to the UK MPA network protect a range of nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology, and can be designated anywhere in English and Welsh territorial and UK offshore waters.

Surface Area

252.52 km2 (97.50 mi.2)


98.88 km (61.44 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

51° 7' 47" North, 1° 41' 15" East

Did you know?…

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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