North West of Lundy MCZ

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

This site lies 15km north west of Lundy Island. It will protect a mix of course seabed habitats such as sand, gravel, pebbles and shingle. These seemingly uninteresting habitats are actually hugely important, providing homes to a rich assortment of molluscs, worms, anemones and other invertebrates, which in turn provide ideal food for many species of fish, including those we like to eat. In effect, this site will protect part of the food chain on which we depend, and that is why it should be designated.

Lundy Island boasts England’s only official No Take Zone, a tiny 4km2 area lying to the East of the island that was set up in 2003. Studies have shown that the size and number of lobsters occurring both within and next to the Zone have increased since fishing was prohibited. No Take Zone is another term for Highly Protected Marine Area and the science shows they really work.

There are very few sites that lie beyond 6nm and are properly protected in English seas. MCS believes this site should be considered for designation as a Highly Protected Marine Area where all human activities that negatively impact marine wildlife are prohibited.

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.

  • Subtidal coarse sediment

    Undersea beds of coarse sand, gravel and shingle. Most of the animals that live here, like bristleworms, sand mason worms, small shrimp-like animals, burrowing anemones, carpet shell clams and venus cockles, are found buried in the seabed – the safest pl

Did you know?…

Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns

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