Anemone (Credit Amy Lewis)
Large numbers of anemones and hermit crabs dominate the shallow waters here.
Burrowing worms and bivalve molluscs make their homes in subtidal sand and mud.
The East of Celtic Deep recommended MCZ is located 40km south of the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales.
Subtidal sand and mud provides habitats for an abundance of marine species here. Many of which are critical in the functioning of the marine ecosystem, such as burrowing worms and bivalve molluscs. Large numbers of anemones and hermit crabs have been observed dominating the shallower waters of the area.
Frontal systems which occur here give rise to a highly productive area during the summer months. This increase in food supply attracts a significant number of whales, common dolphins and seabirds. Outside of summer the area remains particularly important for wintering birds.
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. This site has been identified as being at risk by Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee as due to the presence of vulnerable features which are under pressure from human activity.
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