Marine conservation zone 2013 designation: South Dorset

This inshore marine conservation zone (MCZ) was designated on 21 November 2013.


South Dorset 2013 designation map

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South Dorset MCZ lies mainly within the 12 nautical mile limit but a small part extends further seawards. It is located approximately 17.5 km south of St Alban’s (St Aldhelm’s) Head, to the south-east of Swanage. The site covers an area of approximately 193 km2 making it one of the largest inshore MCZs.

January 2016: A new feature has been added to this site. This is because we have new evidence to support their designation.

Further information

Published 21 November 2013
Last updated 21 January 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added the amended designation order.
  2. First published.