Greater Haig Fras recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Potential Tranche 2

Jewel anemone (Credit Kat Sanders) Jewel anemone (Credit Kat Sanders)

A substantial area of rocky reef in the Celtic Sea supporting many plants and animals like this jewel anenone.

Greater Haig Fras is an isolated area 95km north-west of the Isles of Scilly in the Celtic Sea.

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This area is particularly significant as it encompasses all of the Haig Fras, a geologically valuable,fully submersed outcrop of bedrock.

A range of important sediment habitats surround the Haig Fras. Partially embedded boulders and cobbles provide complex habitats for important marine species to shelter within and find food.

The Haig Fras rock complex is the only substantial area of rocky reef in the Celtic Sea beyond the coastal margin and supports a mosaic of plants and animals, including fantastic jewel anemones, the Devonshire cup corals and encrusting sponges.

StatusThis 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 rock complex is an important geological feature; it is the only substantial area of rocky reef in the Celtic sea beyond the coastal margin. This site was also identified by Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee as being at risk of damage and deterioration due to pressure on the vulnerable habitats and species found within the site.

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

Other nearby MCZs

North-West of Jones Bank


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