North St George's Channel recommended Marine Conservation Zone

Potential 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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The nature of the seabed has been shaped by glacial and subterranean activity forming glacial drumlins and carbonate slabs. The site also hosts rocky habitat, mixed sediments, sands and gravel, which create a base for many species to colonise.

Did you know that the carbonate slabs in this area are structures formed by leaking methane gas from the seabed? They support a rich mixture of species including ross worms and sponges. Ross worms and horse mussels are features of conservation importance species and have been identified as nationally important to protect.

 

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.

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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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