South of Celtic Deep MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This is an offshore site located off the north coast of Cornwall and covers an area of 552 km2. The western boundary lines up with the UK Continental Shelf Limit. The south-eastern tip of the site is approximately 90 km to the north-west of Land’s End. The majority of the site is 50 meters deep, with two small areas dipping below 100 meters. This is an important spawning and nursery area for fish, and is also home to the ocean quahog - a type of clam which can live for up to 400 years!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

278.18 km2 (107.41 mi.2)


77.59 km (48.21 mi.)

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