South-West Deeps (West) MCZ is an offshore site situated to the south west of England, approximately 230 km from Land’s End in Cornwall. The site extends along the UK continental shelf, protecting a total area of around 1800 km2.
The site protects an area of continental shelf seabed that is comprised of various sediments. These sediment particles range in size from fine sand to coarse gravels, forming different habitats that support a range of associated species. This site makes an important contribution to the marine protected areas network by conserving habitats that are representative of our seas. Additionally, large Celtic Sea Relict Sandbanks extend across the site. These are included for protection because of their geological importance.
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
Original data record from World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) via ProtectedPlanet.net [view record on site].