Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ)
27 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) which span the waters around the English Coast have recently been created to help protect our rich marine life and features such as Coral Reefs, Oyster Beds and Seahorses from damaging activities, to ensure their features are conserved. The UK has one of the world's richest marine environments and these new sites will join over 500 Marine Protected Areas (MPA) that already exist to safeguard our rich marine environment and keep our seas sustainable, healthy and productive for future generations. ....MORE
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Defra has now published details of the second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones, in which 23 sites will be given protection. This will extend the country’s ‘Blue Belt’ to cover over 20% of English waters and providing vital protection for the diverse array of wildlife in our seas.