King scallop (Credit Paul Naylor)
King scallops are found in the area. Easily recognised by their two fan shaped shells.
Many fish species come to feed on the wealth of plankton here.
Lying approximately 9km east of the Lizard Point candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and to the south-west of the South-East of Falmouth recommended MCZ, the South of Falmouth recommended MCZ intersects the 6nm limit. The area ranges in depth from 77– 83 metres and was chosen primarily for its rock and gravel sediment habitats, which are home to crustaceans and anemone species.
As a highly diverse and productive area, seasonal changes in water temperature and currents within the South of Falmouth provide very good feeding grounds for a range fish species, which come in to feed on the plankton that flourish here.
King scallops are found in the area. Easily recognised by their two fan shaped shells, these species are free swimming molluscs, which filter feed on plankton.
This recommended Marine Conservation Zone has been refused designation.
We need you to urge Defra to reconsider the removal of this site from the network and consider its designation in a future tranche.
Defra have indicated that there is not enough evidence to support designation of any of the features found within this site and that the benefits of designating it are outweighed by the socio-economic costs. However, this site is located in a highly productive and diverse area and would bring wide ecological benefits if designated. It has been identified as at risk from damage and deterioration by Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee due to the presence of sensitive features within the site.
We need you to urge Defra to reconsider the removal of this site from the network and consider its designation in future tranches.
Other nearby MCZs
South of Falmouth 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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