North of Lundy MCZ

Status: Dropped


Site overview

This area provides a vital home to a variety of species such as burrowing anemones, segmented worms and small crustaceans, as well as squid, bass, rays and cuttlefish.
This area is located approximately 14 km north-west of the nearest land at Morte Point in North Devon.

At risk

This site is at risk, it currently is not designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, which is a type of Marine Protected Area. This site must be protected. Decision makers in England will determine in 2017 whether this site should be protected, make sure your voice is heard. Take action to ensure this site becomes a properly protected area.
Currently bottom trawling, a damaging type of fishing, occurs in 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.

Did you know?…

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’

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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