• No-take zones plan

    15th July 2019

    DEFRA plans highly protected MPAs All fishing will be banned in new zones DEFRA is planning to introduce a number of highly protected marine areas (HPMAs), in which all fishing, and any other activity that could potentially damage marine species…

  • More Protected Areas

    More Protected Areas

    18th June 2018

    41 new MCZs planned in English waters – Consultation starts on ‘significant expansion’ Forty-one new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are to be established around the coasts of England and offshore Northern Ireland, reports Tim Oliver Environment secretary Michael Gove announced a…

  • 23 English MCZs announced in second round

    23 English MCZs announced in second round

    2nd February 2016

    DEFRA has designated another 23 marine conservation zones (MCZs) in English waters, reports Tim Oliver They will bring the total number of MCZs to 50, and cover more than 7,886sq miles. This is more than a fifth of English waters…


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