Mid St George's Channel MCZ
p> This site is located in the Irish Sea, around 23 km offshore from the Llyn peninsula in Wales. It is situated between Irish offshore waters to the west and Welsh territorial waters to the east.
It is a 761km square area rich in wildlife because of its position, with a constant supply of nutrient rich Atlantic water meeting the warmer, shallower Irish Sea. The seabed is largely sand and gravel creating an environment that allows annelid worms, clams and crustaceans to thrive. Sea firs, anemones and sponges are just some of the delicate creatures that are also found here amongst the cobbles. In the waters above, passing whales and dolphins use these waters as a feeding ground.
<img src=” http://oceandevotion.mcsuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/A-crab-amongst-the-cobbles.jpg”” alt=”“A crab amongst the cobbles”” width=”“100%”“> (C)John Archer-Thomson
p> There are a small number of UK vessels known to fish within this area (the estimated cost of this site for these fishers equates to Â£300 per year). However
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.
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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