Start Point to Plymouth Sound & Eddystone SCI
This site lies off the south coast of England, off the counties of Devon and Cornwall, and is made up of three groups of reef: Start Point to West Rutts Reefs, Bigbury Bay to Plymouth Sound Reefs and the Eddystone Reefs The inshore reefs here support large kelp forests; kelp is recognised as being one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth.
MPA TypeSite of Community Importance
Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds). Sites that have been adopted by the European Commission but not yet formally designated by the government of each country are referred to as Sites of Community Interest (SCIs).
Designation date1 August 2010
Surface Area340.99 km2 (131.66 mi.2)
Perimeter322.57 km (200.44 mi.)
Seasearch has and continues to be very active in south Devon waters, and is collaborating with the Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) to record habitat quality and distribution.Learn more about Seasearch
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’
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