Common lobster (Credit Dereck Haslam)
An area of this MCZ is called Heartbreak Ridge due to the unpredictable delightful or disappointing catches caught on this rocky ridge.
Heartbreak Ridge, a hard rocky ridge found amongst sand and gravel, provides an ideal hiding place for common lobsters.
Compass Rose is located 30km off the Yorkshire coast and is approximately 50 metres deep throughout the area. The seafloor consists of sand, coarse sediment and rock and is home to several species of crustacean.
Located within the site are approximately 6.5km2 of hard rocky ground known as ‘Heartbreak Ridge’. Compass Rose provides spawning and nursery grounds for fish including plaice, herring, lemon sole, sandeel and sprat. During the summer months the area captures the most northerly section of the Flamborough Front, an upwelling of nutrients where the cooler northern and warmer southern waters of the North Sea mix, providing an important food source for marine mammals.
This recommended Marine Conservation Zone is under consideration for the second tranche of MCZs
Defra have indicated that this site is now under consideration for tranche two and will potentially be included in the formal consultation at the beginning of 2015. Defra will now working to verify the evidence base for this site and will be looking to engage with stakeholders on both a local and national level to refine information about the site. Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee have identified this site as at risk from damage and degradation due to the presence of vulnerable habitats and species within the site.
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