Compass Rose MCZ

Status: Dropped


Site overview

This site is located off the Yorkshire coast, approximately 30km offshore in the North East of England, and is around 50m deep. The site is a really important spawning ground for plaice during December to March, for herring from August to October, for lemon sole from April to September, for sandeels from November to February, and for sprat from May to August. As well as being a spawning ground, this site is also a nursery ground for cod, whiting, lemon sole, sandeel and sprat.

At risk This site is at risk, it currently is not designated as a Marine Protected Area - but should be. Decision makers in England will determine in 2018 if the 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

551.55 km2 (212.95 mi.2)


102.82 km (63.89 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

54° 29' 34" North, 0° 15' 28" East

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

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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

The future of fisheries is being decided

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