North St George's Channel recommended Marine Conservation Zone

MCZ lost from Tranche 2

Ross worm (Credit Peter Tinsley)Ross worm (Credit Peter Tinsley)

The ross worm and the horse mussel are both features of conservation importance species and have been identified as nationally important to protect.

This recommended MCZ includes a variety of important habitats off the coast of Anglesey, Wales.

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North St George’s Channel recommended MCZ includes a variety of important habitats off the coast of Anglesey, northwest Wales.

The nature of the seabed here has been shaped by glacial and subterranean activity, forming glacial drumlins and carbonate slabs. There are carbonate slabs structuresin this area that are formed by methane gas leaking from the seabed?

This site also hosts rocky habitats, mixed sediments, sands and gravels that create a range of habitats for over 500 different species to colonise. Sponges, hydroids, worms, crustaceans, brittle stars, sea urchins and sea squirts are just some of the species that have been recorded in the depths of this site.

Many of the features of this site are in need of recovery and as such they have been identified as important habitats for the UK to protect.

 

 

Special features of North St George's Channel:

  • Drumlins are found here - an important geological feature which provide critical evidence for the contemporary glacial deposition processes
  • Croker Carbonate slabs are formed by methane seeping through the seabed and support rich marine life including and sponges
  • Sponges, hydroids, worms, crustaceans, brittle stars, sea urchins and sea squirts are just some of the species that have been recorded in the depths of this site

Protection of North St George's Channel would:

  • Safeguard drumlins, a rare feature in the Irish Sea that do not currently receive any protection and which are important for research and education
  • Conserve a variety of deep water seabed types which in turn support a wealth of marine diversity
  • Allow biogenic reef communities to recover from past damage

StatusThis Marine Conservation Zone has not been included in the second tranche under consultation


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Other nearby MCZs

Mid St. Georges Channel   

Location map

North St Georges Channel 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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