At a meeting on 24 February, Defra announced the sites which are under consideration for the second tranche (T2) of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in England.
Sites for second tranche of MCZs now being considered by Defra
37 sites are being considered for inclusion in T2 which cover both inshore and offshore sites right around the English coast.
Alana Murphy, Planning and Environmental Officer who was present at the meeting said 'This list is just an early indication of those sites that might be in the public consultation for the second tranche due to take place early next year, with designation planned to take place by the end of 2015'.
Defra is currently gathering further evidence on the proposed sites and during the year will consult with the different sectors, including the recreational boating sector, on management measures. Defra plans to include an indication of what the management measures could be and what activities could be restricted in the public consultation.
'We are pleased that Defra is applying the lessons learned from the first tranche of MCZs and including the management measures in the consultation.
'However, several of the inshore sites included on this list may be of concern to the RYA, depending on the proposed management measures. We will now be working with RYA members and clubs to review all the evidence we originally submitted in 2012 and will discuss these concerns with Defra,' concludes Alana.
The first tranche (T1) of 27 MCZs were designated in November 2013 and consideration of management measures for these zones is currently underway.
Sites under consideration for the second tranche of MCZs
|1.Coquet to St Mary’s3.Fulmar5.Compass Rose7.Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds9.Dover to Deal11.Offshore Brighton13.Utopia15.Norris to Ryde17.The Needles19.Western Channel21.Lands End23.Great Haig Fras25.Hartland Point to Tintagel27.North of Lundy29.Celtic Deep31.Mid St George’s Channel33.Slieve Na Griddle35.West of Walney37.Allonby Bay||2.Farnes East4.Runswick Bay6.Holderness Inshore8.The Swale Estuary10.Dover to Folkestone12.Offshore Overfalls14.Bembridge16.Yarmouth to Cowes18.Studland Bay20.Mounts Bay22.North-West of Jones Bank24.Newquay and The Gannel26.Bideford to Foreland Point28.South of Celtic Deep30.East of Celtic Deep32.North St George’s Channel34.South Rigg36.Mud Hole|
You can read more information on MCZs and the RYA’s position at www.rya.org.uk/go/currentaffairs.