Wash Approach MCZ
This site overlaps with the Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North Ridge Special Area of Conservation - which is another type of Marine Protected Area.
This site is made up of sandbanks and is home to sponges and anemones.
This is an important breeding and nursery area for herring, Dover sole, lemon sole, whiting and sandeel. Skates and rays also swim through.
Seabirds such as the northern fulmar, northern gannet and sandwich tern all come here to feed.
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 2017 if this site should be protected, make sure your voice is heard. Take action to ensure this site becomes a properly protected area.
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.
Did you know?…
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
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’