Padstow Bay and Surrounds MCZ is an inshore site located on the Cornish coast. The boundary extends from Park Head near Trenance to Com Head, just east of Pentire Point and The Rumps. An area of approximately 90 km2 is protected. This MCZ covers a range of seabed types including intertidal habitats found on the shoreline to circalittoral habitats at a depth of up to 50 metres.
This stretch of coastline is characterised by exposed cliffs, rocky shores and sandy waveexposed bays, including the entrance to the Camel Estuary. The site protects extensive rocky outcrops and reefs that support rich underwater communities and covers a range of habitats which are known to be rich in seafloor-dwelling species.
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.