Taw Torridge Estuary MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

The site consists of two parts, the upper Taw Estuary and the upper Torridge Estuary. This is a great nursery area for fish, in particular for sea bass.

At risk This site isnt yet designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, but it should be. It is important that this site gets the protection it needs. We will be calling on the government to ensure that this site is included in the next round of designations in 2018.

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

4.99 km2 (1.93 mi.2)


69.78 km (43.36 mi.)

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’

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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