Brittlestar bed (Credit Polly Whyte / earthinfocus)
This recommended MCZ is also a proposed Special Area of Conservation due to the uniqueness of the habitat and the diversity of creatures found here.
This MCZ includes the Pisces Reef Complex!
This recommended MCZ includes the Pisces Reef Complex: a series of reefs made up of protruding rocky mounds rising from 15-35m from the seafloor. The habitat creates a solid base with nooks and crannies that allow many species to live within its protection. Lampshells, sea squirts, sea mats, fern-like hydroids and fish take advantage of this, and the mounds are also a resting and feeding place for passing species of fish and marine mammals.
Within the rocky mounds lies a plateau of mud and sediment, a sheltered area for Dublin Bay prawns, brittlestars and other species to settle in the relative protection of the outcrops.
This MCZ is also a proposed Special Area of Conservation due to the uniqueness of the habitat and the diversity of creatures.
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.
Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee have identified this site as being at high risk of damage and degradation due to the presence of highly sensitive features within the site which are very vulnerable to degradation and damage. Furthermore, the mud habitats found here are not protected anywhere else in the Irish Sea.
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Other nearby MCZs
Slieve Na Griddle recommended MCZ is located in the map below.
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