Lands End recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Potential Tranche 2

Basking Shark (Credit Andrew Pearson)Basking Shark (Credit Andrew Pearson)

Tidal currents and high productivity attract large marine life such as whales, dolphins and basking sharks.

Rare species like the wonderful pink sea fan colonise the rocky reef here.

 

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Lands End is in one of the South-West’s most recognised areas and is renowned for its rugged coastline.

The recommended MCZ off Gwennap Head is an outstanding area subject to large tidal and wave energy.  Rare species colonise the rocky reef such as the pink sea fan.

The area is also very important for commercial fish and shellfish species. Activities such as hand line fishing are unlikely to be affected if the site is designated due to their minimal impact. This means the MCZ would protect hand lining fishing activities as well as the species and habitats on the seabed.

MCZ status: amber This recommended Marine Conservation Zone is under consideration for the second tranche of MCZs.


This site is one of the UK's best spots for critically endangered Balearic shearwaters, which visit and feed in the area and is also important for a number of whale, dolphin and porpoise species which are often spotted in the area.

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.

We need you to help ensure that this site is designated next year. Become a Friend of this site to stay up-to-date with The Wildlife Trusts' campaign to see how you can help.


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