North-East of Haig Fras MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This site is located approximately 67 km north west of Land’s End, in the Celtic Sea. It has an area of around 400 km2. Lots of sponges and anemones live on the rocks in this site. Pea urchins and brittlestars are some of the most common species living on the sand here.

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 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.

Surface Area

463.75 km2 (179.05 mi.2)


86.94 km (54.02 mi.)

Did you know?…

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

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

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