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Marine conservation zone designations in England

Marine Conservation Zones protect our diverse species and habitats in the “blue belt” around the English Coast.

Marine Conservation Zones are areas that protect a range of nationally important, rare or threatened habitats and species.

There are 50 MCZs in waters around England. You can see where the zones are on JNCC’s interactive map.

These were designated in two phases after a process closely involving stakeholders. The first 27 zones were designated on 21 November 2013. Following consultation, 23 sites in the second phase were announced on 17 January 2016, bringing the total area protected to 7,886 square miles. Updated GIS data for all designated MCZs has been published.

A third phase will be consulted on in 2017, and designated in 2018. The third phase will aim to complete the UK Blue Belt and our contribution to the ecologically coherent network in the North East Atlantic.

Similar schemes are operating in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to contribute to a UK wide network of marine protected areas.

Policy documents

  1. Marine conservation zones: explanatory note

    • Guidance
  2. Marine conservation zones: January 2016 update

    • Policy paper
  3. Marine conservation zones: February 2014 update

    • Policy paper

2016 MCZ designations and factsheets

  1. Marine Conservation Zones: Allonby Bay

    • Map
  2. Marine Conservation Zones: Bideford to Foreland Point

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  3. Marine Conservation Zone: Coquet to St Mary's

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  4. Marine Conservation Zones: Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds

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  5. Marine Conservation Zones: Dover to Deal

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  6. Marine Conservation Zones: Dover to Folkestone

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  7. Marine Conservation Zones: Farnes East

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  8. Marine Conservation Zones: Fulmar

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  9. Marine Conservation Zones: Greater Haig Fras

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  10. Marine Conservation Zones: Hartland Point to Tintagel

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  11. Marine Conservation Zones: Holderness Inshore

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  12. Marine Conservation Zones: Mounts Bay

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  13. Marine Conservation Zones: Newquay and the Gannel

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  14. Marine Conservation Zones: North-West of Jones Bank

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  15. Marine Conservation Zones: Offshore Brighton

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  16. Marine Conservation Zones: Offshore Overfalls

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  17. Marine Conservation Zones: Runnel Stone

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  18. Marine Conservation Zones: Runswick Bay

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  19. Marine Conservation Zones: The Needles

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  20. Marine Conservation Zones: The Swale Estuary

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  21. Marine Conservation Zones: Utopia

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  22. Marine Conservation Zones: West of Walney

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  23. Marine Conservation Zones: Western Channel

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2013 MCZ designation orders and factsheets

  1. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Aln Estuary

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  2. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Beachy Head West

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  3. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne Estuaries

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  4. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: The Canyons

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  5. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Chesil Beach and Stennis Ledges

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  6. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Cumbria Coast

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  7. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: East of Haig Fras

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  8. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Folkestone Pomerania

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  9. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Fylde

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  10. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Isles of Scilly

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  11. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Kingmere

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  12. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Lundy

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  13. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: The Manacles

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  14. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Medway Estuary

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  15. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: North East of Farnes Deep

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  16. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Padstow Bay and Surrounds

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  17. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Pagham Harbour

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  18. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Poole Rocks

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  19. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Skerries Bank and Surrounds

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  20. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: South Dorset

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  21. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: South-West Deeps (West)

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  22. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Swallow Sand

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  23. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Tamar Estuary

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  24. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Thanet Coast

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  25. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Torbay

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  26. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Upper Fowey and Pont Pill

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  27. Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: Whitsand and Looe Bay

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