Marine Conservation Zones

IF YOU CARE ABOUT AND USE THE SEAS AROUND THE BRITISH ISLES YOU ARE ASKED FOR YOUR VIEWS AND IDEAS - 2011 WILL SEE THE FIRST MCZ IN FORCE - SEE THE INTERACTIVE MAP, SIGN IN AND BE PART OF THE CONSULTATION!

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NATURAL ENGLAND & JOINT NATURE CONSERVATION COMMITTEE LEAD IDENTIFICATION OF MCZS

The Marine Conservation Zone Project is being led by Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to identify and recommend Marine Conservation Zones to Government.

The Marine Conservation Zone Project will be delivered through four Regional Projects covering south-west seas(Finding Sanctuary), the Irish Sea (Irish Sea Conservation Zones), the North Sea (Net Gain) and south-east seas (Balanced Seas). They will work with sea users and interest groups to identify Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) and provide recommendations for sites within their regions to Government. The map below is from the Natural England website

WHAT IS A MCZ?

According to the web link to the Interactive Map -

"The Marine Conservation Zone Project is a partnership project working with people who use the sea for their livelihood or leisure to identify Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The project area covers English inshore waters and the offshore waters around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has been split into four regional MCZ projects covering the south-west (Finding Sanctuary), Irish Sea (Irish Sea Conservation Zones), North Sea (Net Gain) and south-east (Balanced Seas).

View
Through this interactive map you can see different information layers which will help orientate yourself in the marine environment.

Add
Through this map you can input information on how and where you use the sea that will be used to help plan for Marine Conservation Zones. If you use the sea it’s vital that we get your input so start your mapping process here. You will need to register with us first to do this. "