The government has announced the designation of a third and final phase of new marine protected areas. These Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are areas that protect a range of nationally important, rare or threatened habitats and species.

Forty-one sites and 12 additional features were designated on 31 May 2019. These designations will fulfil the remit of the Marine and Coastal Access Act and essentially completes the UK Blue Belt, and the governments contribution to the ecologically coherent network in the North East Atlantic in terms of the representation of species and habitats.

Similar schemes are operating in WalesScotland and Northern Ireland to contribute to a UK-wide network of marine protected areas.

See the full list of English MCZs 

See the governments guidance note on Marine Conservation Zones.

Visit the JNCC website for more information about the MCZ network 

Jul 11, 2019 By guba