Silver Pit MCZ

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

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 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

168.10 km2 (64.91 mi.2)

Perimeter

77.29 km (48.03 mi.)

Coordinates (central point)

53° 32' 42" North, 0° 43' 49" East

Did you know?…

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

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’

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