Mussels (Credit Dominic Flint)
Rich communities of subtidal living reefs like this mussel bed are found here.
Ross worm reefs and mussel beds provide shelter for many other marine species.
The Morte Platform is an area of rocky outcrops with patches of sediment, approximately 5km off Baggy Point in North Devon. The depth of the area ranges between 35 and 40 metres below sea level.
This site represents an area of higher than average species diversity, within the south west context, due to the ridged and varied nature of the seabed. It includes rich communities of subtidal living reefs including ross worm reefs and mussel beds which provide shelter for other marine species. The mix of biotopes represented here is rarely found anywhere else in the UK.
This 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 use this data gathered as soon as possible to consider designation of this site in a future tranche:
Defra has indicated that they require additional data before designating the site. This site has a higher than average seabed diversity and a mixture of habitats rarely seen due to the unusual physical conditions of the site. The site is supported by the Devon local group and was agreed within a cross-sector stakeholder meeting which included representatives from the fishing industry and the renewable energy sector. Defra also commissioned additional survey work for this site in 2012 which has not yet been taken into account.
We need you to urge Defra to use this data gathered as soon as possible to consider designation of this site in a future tranche.
Other nearby MCZs
Morte Platform recommended MCZ is located in the map below.
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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