Morte Platform MCZ

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

The Morte Platform is an area of rocky outcrops with patches of sediment, situated approximately 5km off Baggy Point. The depth of the area ranges between 35 and 40 meters.

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

25.47 km2 (9.83 mi.2)

Perimeter

20.97 km (13.03 mi.)

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