Mud Hole MCZ
You can probably guess the main habitat that is found at Mud Hole - mud! It is something we have a lot of in the North-West of England, but without it this region would be far poorer. This potential Marine Conservation Zone, located 21km off the coast of Cumbria, is home to a diverse range of creatures that form a vital part of the Irish Sea food web. This is a perfect habitat for burrowing creatures such as Dublin Bay prawns that are fished using bottom trawls that catch and kill many other seabed lifeforms. Angular crabs and shrimps. Delicate sea pens and hydroids also make this mud their home
MPA TypeMarine 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 Area73.28 km2 (28.29 mi.2)
Perimeter35.23 km (21.89 mi.)
Did you know?…
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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
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