Defra is now consulting on the third and final tranche of MCZs, which involves the designation of 41 new sites and the addition of further protection to 12 existing sites. The consultation is also an opportunity to provide any relevant scientific or economic evidence that may not have previously been available, or to make general comments on the future of MPA development.

The Marine Biological Association has an opportunity to respond and we would like to continue to utilise our members' expert opinions and comments. If you would like to contribute comments for consideration in the official MBA response, either generally or concerning a specific site, then please provide them by email to

The deadline for the consultation is Friday 20th July 2018 so comments will need to be provided to the MBA by Wednesday 4th July 2018.

If you would like to discuss your contribution or have any questions then please contact Dr Matt Frost at
Jun 18, 2018 By guba