Mounts Bay recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Status: On hold

Common dolphin (Credit Cliff Benson)Common dolphin (Credit Cliff Benson)

This high energy environment is home to several important species such as seagrass, stalked jelly fish and crayfish.

Dolphin, porpoise and basking shark have all been recorded here.


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Mounts Bay recommended MCZ stretches from the eastern side of the bay to encompass St Michael's Mount and the Marazion area.

A range of habitats can be found here but the most dominant is high energy rock and sand. This high energy environment is home to several important species such as seagrass, stalked jellyfish and crayfish. As well as being a well recognised area for dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks.

The area is adjacent to Newlyn: one of the country's largest fishing ports and home to many fishermen, who have been consulted on the positioning of this site.


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.  There are indications however that this is a key site for the stalked jellyfish with all three species recorded within 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.

Other nearby sites:

Lands End  The Manacles

Location map

Mounts Bay 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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