Mounts Bay

Site overview: This 11km2 contains a range of habitats, including high energy rock and sand. The area is also an important home to several species such as seagrass, three species of stalked jellyfish and crayfish. There is a small population of ocean quahog, a type of clam which can live for up to 400 years. Dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks have also been known to swim through. The area is adjacent to Newlyn, one of the country’s largest fishing ports and home to many fishermen, who were consulted on the positioning of this site.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


50° 6' 46" North,
5° 28' 13" West

Surface Area

11.83 km2
(4.57 mi.2 )


22.30 km
(13.86 mi.)

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