Sand eels (Credit Paul Naylor)
The wealth of habitats here supports several important species such as crayfish and European eel.
Sandeels will hide within the sand and gravel here to avoid predators.
The suggested boundary of this recommended MCZ includes the Gannel estuary, stretching along its seaward boundary.
This area encompasses a number of different habitats, which includes intertidal rocky habitats, both fine and coarse intertidal sediment, coastal saltmarsh, saline reedbeds as well as subtidal habitats ranging from sands and gravels to rocky reef.
This wealth of habitats supports several important species such as the protected pink sea fan, crayfish and European eel. Other commercially important species include sandeels, which can be seen using the sand and gravel to avoid predators, and salmon, which migrate up the estuary to breed.
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.
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Other nearby MCZs
Newquay and the Gannel recommended MCZ is located in the map below.
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