Kentish Knock East MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This area of seabed in the Outer Thames Estuary includes sand banks that provide a home for a variety of invertbrates that are prey to sharks and rays, commercially important fish species and seabirds. The site is also important for overwintering red-throated divers, a diving bird protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

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 MPA network, and should lead to protection of these sandy seabed communities from any activities that threaten them.

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

96.30 km2 (37.18 mi.2)


40.04 km (24.88 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

51° 39' 59" North, 1° 47' 52" 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

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

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

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