Camel Estuary MCZ

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

This is a small inshore site that which covers an area of 2km2.  It is an important site for the European eel, and acts as a fish nursery area. The area of saltmarsh in this site is also important for feeding birds.

At risk This site is at risk, it currently is not designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, a type of Marine Protected Area - but should be. Decision makers in England will determine in 2018 if this site should be protected, make sure your voice is heard. Take action to ensure this site becomes a properly protected area.

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

2.22 km2 (0.86 mi.2)

Perimeter

35.78 km (22.23 mi.)

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

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 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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