Kingmere MCZ is in the English Channel, between 5 and 10 km off the West Sussex coast to the South of Littlehampton and Worthing. It covers an area of around 47 km2.
Kingmere MCZ contains several excellent examples of rocky habitats and subtidal chalk outcropping reef systems. These rocky sandstone and boulder habitats are important for biodiversity as they support a wide range of marine life, such as algae, sea squirts and sponges. This area is one of the most well-known (and possibly the most important in the UK) spawning sites for the Black seabream as the rocky habitats and chalk outcrops provide ideal nesting grounds. The MCZ contains two marine Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) known as Kingmere Rocks and Worthing Lumps. SNCI are non-statutory sites identified for their local conservation and geological values. The MCZ will provide statutory protection to the features of the SNCIs.
Designated as part of the first tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in the UK. In November 2013 the minister announced the designation of 27 MCZs in English inshore and English and Welsh offshore waters and outlined plans for future zones. You can see the location of the 27 designated sites and find out further information about each site at JNCC Interactive Map.
Marine Conservation Zones protect areas that are important to conserve the diversity of nationally rare, threatened and representative habitats and species. Designation of these zones takes social and economic factors into account, alongside the best available scientific evidence.
Management measures will be put in place by the regulators (Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs)) on a site by site basis. Natural England and the JNCCwill advise the regulators about the vulnerability of the features included within the Designation Order and activities that are currently occurring within the site that will have a negative impact on the protected features.