East Meridian (Eastern section) MCZ
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 TypeMarine 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 Area201.46 km2 (77.78 mi.2)
Perimeter59.86 km (37.20 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)50° 34' 31" North, 0° 24' 41" East
Did you know?…
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’