Silver Pit MCZ
This is an amazingly rich site which is home to a large variety of sea creatures including mussels, brittle stars, sea squirts, queen scallops, squat lobsters and pink shrimps. Many different types of fish also come here to spawn including lemon sole, sprat, whiting, cod, Dover sole, plaice and herring. These are also sources of food for puffins, common guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, fulmars and northern gannets. White-beaked dolphin, minke whale and harbour porpoise also swim through this area. This site isnt yet designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, but it should be. It is important that this site gets the protection it needs. We will be calling on the government to ensure that this site is included in the next round of designations in 2018.
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.
Surface Area168.10 km2 (64.91 mi.2)
Perimeter77.29 km (48.03 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)53° 32' 42" North, 0° 43' 49" 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 half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
The future of fisheries is being decided
The UK government has opened a public consultation asking how we think they should manage our fisheries after Brexit through a new Fisheries Bill.Act now!