North East of Farnes Deep MCZ is an offshore site in the North Sea. It is located approximately 55 km from the Berwickshire region of the North Northumberland coast and covers an area of about 492 km2. Water depth across the site ranges from 50 to 100 metres, making North East of Farnes Deep MCZ a relatively shallow offshore
site. The name of this site has changed since the consultation process from Rock Unique to North East of Farnes Deep MCZ. Recent survey work revealed the site did not contain any areas of outcropping circalittoral rock as previously thought and therefore the site name was no longer considered appropriate.
North East of Farnes Deep MCZ protects a large area of sediment seabed and a wide range of associated species that live within or on these habitats.
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.
Contacts & Resources
UK Science Advisory Panel - Marine Conservation Zone
Original data record from World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) via ProtectedPlanet.net [view record on site].