Hythe Bay

Site overview This is a 16 sq mile (42 sq km) site in Hythe Bay. The sea floor here is really muddy which provides a great home to all sorts of burrowing worms. These in turn provide food for other animals. Fishers in this area are worried that if this area is designated it will mean that they cannot fish in the area which would risk their livelihoods. However, fishing isn’t completely prohibited in MCZs, just regulated to ensure that the most damaging activities are stopped.
At risk: This site isn’t yet designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, but it should be. It is important that this site gets the protection it needs we will be calling on the government to ensure that this site is included in the next round of designations.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


51° 2' 26" North,
1° 5' 12" East

Surface Area

41.10 km2
(15.87 mi.2 )


25.48 km
(15.83 mi.)

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