Celtic Deep MCZ

Status: Dropped

Description

Site overview


The southern tip of the Celtic Deep is 112km north-west of Trevose Head and the western tip is 84km from the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. In total it is 348km2.
The second largest fish in the world, the basking shark, comes here to feed. You can also spot seabirds and dolphins here.

At risk

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This site is at risk, it currently is not designated as a Marine Conservation Zone which is a type of Marine Protected Area - but should be. Decision makers in England will determine in 2017 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.

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 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas

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