Consultation outcome

Marine Conservation Zones: third tranche of designations

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We received over 48,500 responses received, 98% of which were from 3 organised campaigns, alongside 964 individual responses.

The 41 sites and 12 additional features were designated on 31 May 2019.

See the list of designated Marine Conservation Zones in England.

Detail of feedback received

We are currently analysing responses to this consultation and these will feed into the final decisions on sites to be designated in 2019. We plan to publish a summary of responses to this consultation alongside the final decisions on sites to be designated by June 2019.

Original consultation


Seeking views on plans to designate 41 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) around the UK and views on proposed new features to be added to 12 existing MCZs.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our proposals to designate a further 41 MCZs around the UK. We are also seeking your views on plans to add new features to 12 existing MCZs. MCZs are areas of sea where we protect rare or important features from damaging activity.

They protect important habitats like honeycomb worm reefs and seagrass beds as well as species such as native oyster and stalked jellyfish.

Published 8 June 2018
Last updated 31 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added the summary of responses and a link to the new designated and updated sites.

  2. First published.