East Meridian (Eastern section) MCZ

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

East Meridian was proposed for the rich diversity of habitat types it contains, making an important contribution to the UK MPA network. This large site lies directly south and offshore of Beachy Head, Sussex and includes diverse habitats including rocky reefs, sand covered rock and mixed gravel and mud seabed. A rich community of fish and invertebrates are found on the seabed.

There are very few offshore sites protected in English seas. Designation of this marine conservation zone in 2019 would be a valuable addition to the UK network of MPAs, and should afford this seabed protection from damaging activities such as heavy, bottom-towed fishing 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

201.46 km2 (77.78 mi.2)

Perimeter

59.86 km (37.20 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

50° 34' 31" North, 0° 24' 41" East

Did you know?…

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

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

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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