Cape Bank MCZ

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

This site provides important and productive nursery habitat for fish as well as important feeding grounds for wading and migratory birds. It is also relatively well supported amongst stakeholders and Defra has indicated that there are currently no costs to industry associated with designation of the site.

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

473.61 km2 (182.86 mi.2)

Perimeter

99.94 km (62.10 mi.)

Did you know?…

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

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

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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