Cape Bank recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Status: On hold

Crawfish  (Credit Paul Naylor)Crawfish (Credit Paul Naylor)

A large, sweeping, crescent shaped reef here is home to species like this crawfish which use the nooks and crannies for shelter.

Filter feeding bryozoans benefit from the tidal surges here which bring a fresh supply of food.

 

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West of the Land's End peninsular lies the Cape Bank recommended MCZ. Diverse species of marine life make the fully submerged granite reefs found here their home, including many sponges and algal communities.

A large, sweeping, crescent shaped reef is included within the area. Extending to 12km at its widest part and around 35km in length, the reef is a feature of conservation importance. Many species live here including crawfish, which use the nooks and crannies for shelter, filter feeding bryozoans, reliant on the tidal surges bringing a fresh supply of food, and the Devonshire cup coral, which is often mistaken for an anemone due to its similar appearance but infact is a species of coral.

StatusThis recommended Marine Conservation Zone is ON HOLD at the moment as Defra has indicated that there is not enough evidence to support designation.


We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering the additional information needed as soon as possible and consider this site as an urgent and high priority for designation in the future:

 

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This site in on hold at present as Defra have indicated that although there is enough evidence to support designation of the site for subtidal coarse sediment, there is not enough evidence to support designation of the site for the rock habitat and spiny lobster recommended by stakeholders for protection within the site. Defra have also indicated concerns with the socio-economic implications of designation of the site on non-UK fishing representatives and therefore require further work before considering designation of this site.

This site has been identified as being at risk from damage and deterioration by Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee due to the presence of sensitive features and high pressures within the site.

We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering the additional information needed as soon as possible and consider this site as an urgent and high priority for designation in the future. The site should be protected from further damage and degradation in the meantime.


Contains UKHO Law of the Sea data. Crown copyright and database right and contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012

 

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