Inner Bank MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This proposed site lies across the 6nm line so crosses over between inshore and offshore waters, and includes an ancient river bed feature and one of the largest areas of shallow rocky reef in UK MPA network. These complex seabed structures provide important habitats for many crustacean, mollusc and fish species.

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

199.03 km2 (76.85 mi.2)


63.03 km (39.17 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

50° 44' 7" North, 0° 52' 55" 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

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

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