South-West Deeps (East) MCZ

Status: Proposed


Site overview

South-West Deeps (East) is the largest site that is currently being considered for protection in England in 2018. Located approximately 170km off Land’s End, South-West Deeps (East) contains a section of the continental shelf break. The depths of the waters here therefore vary greatly, as does the type of environment provided for animals to live in. This means that there is a fantastic range of wildlife here, including worms, anemones and hermit crabs.  This area is also important for fish species and fisheries.  A corridor between South-West Deeps (East) and its neighbouring site (South-West Deeps (West)) was included when the boundaries of these sites were proposed.

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

5,800.51 km2 (2,239.59 mi.2)


360.12 km (223.76 mi.)

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

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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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