South-East of Falmouth Recommended MCZ

Status: On hold

Lesser spotted dogfish (Credit Amy Lewis)Lesser spotted dogfish (Credit Amy Lewis)

Small spotted catsharks can be found on the sands and gravels of this area.

A large number of fish are found here including mackerel, smelt, monkfish and gurnard.

Located off the south coast of Cornwall, this site is found approximately 22km south-west of the Falmouth and Helford SAC, intersecting the 12nm limit.

The majority of the seabed found in this area is made up of sand and gravel, providing habitat for a variety of molluscs and crustaceans.

However, due to the seasonal changes in currents and plankton, this site is also known for its high levels of productivity. Large numbers of fish species are found here including mackerel, smelt, monkfish and gurnard.

Small spotted catsharks can be found on the sands and gravels. These sharks lay tough, shelled, elongated eggs, with long tendrils. These are attached to seaweeds and other organisms found on the seabed. Known as mermaids’ purses, they can sometimes be found washed up on our beaches, along the strandline.

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StatusThis recommended Marine Conservation Zone is ON HOLD at the moment as Defra has indicated that there is not enough evidence to support designation.


We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering additional information for this site and to consider it as an urgent and high priority for designation in the next tranche:

 

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This site is on hold at the moment as Defra have indicated that they need additional information on all features found within the site before considering designating the site. This site has been identified as being at higher risk of damage and deterioration as all features are vulnerable to pressures within the site, by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and by Natural England.

We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering additional information for this site and to consider it as an urgent and high priority for designation in the next tranche. The site should be protected from further damage and degradation in the meantime.


Other nearby MCZs

South of Falmouth  Western Channel  The Manacles

Location map

South-East of Falmouth recommended MCZ is located in the map below.

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