North St George's Channel MCZ
The seabed in this site is 1388 km2 and was shaped by glacial and subterranean activity. It is 23km northwest from the coast of Anglesey in north Wales. The site is made up of rocky habitats and sands and gravel. Lots of smaller sea creatures such as worms live between the rocks.
Methane gas leaks out of the seabed here and forms carbonate slabs. They support a rich mixture of species including ross worms, sponges and horse mussels.
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 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 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
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
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’