Marine Conservation Zones

Mannacles sea urchin by Matt Slater

Marine Protected Areas, including Marine Conservation Zones, are one of the most crucial tools for conserving marine wildlife. The UK Government has launched a consultation asking the public for their views about protecting a new group of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). Join the campaign and voice your support for MCZs!

As a result of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) has been created that protect marine species and habitats.

MCZs provide an opportunity to halt and reverse the damage and degradation of the marine environment by controlling the human activities conducted in certain areas.

Government has decided that these MCZs will be identified in three key stages, or tranches. 50 MCZs were designated since 2013, and another 41 have been proposed across English waters, including 8 here in Cornwall. 

Third wave of marine protection welcomed in Cornwall

This is the much needed next step towards an effective network of protected areas at sea.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust believes that the consultation is a big step in the right direction for Cornwall’s seas and towards a truly coherent network of marine protected areas across England, and the wider UK waters. Proper protection of these sites after designation will mean that our seas will be given the opportunity to recover and thrive.

Proposed Sites in Tranche 3:

Off-shore sites:

  • Cape Bank
  • North-East of Haig Fras
  • South of Celtic Deep
  • South of the Isles of Scilly
  • South West Approaches to Bristol Channel
  • South West Deeps (East)

How you can help

We are calling on the public to back the Marine Conservation Zones in the consultation this summer!

Find out how to add your voice to the 2018 MCZ Consulation on The Wildlife Trusts website

We are calling for anyone interested in protecting our seas to join more than 8,000 other passionate supporters and become a Friend of MCZs.

Seaweed Landscape, photo by Matt Slater