The Manacles Marine Conservation Zone

Status: protected

Green

Jewel anemones (Credit Paul Naylor) Jewel anemones (Credit Paul Naylor)

The rocky reef habitat is home to several important and well known species such as pink sea fan, cup coral and the beautiful jewel anemone.

The diverse marine life found here make this area popular for divers.

The Manacles has been designated an MCZ for the wide range of habitats found in the area as well as to protect the maerl beds, sea-fan anemone, spiny lobster and stalked jellyfish found here.

This area is one of the most well know areas for rich marine biodiversity and productivity in Cornwall. Habitats range from rocky reefs to vertical rock faces with large cobbles and boulders grading into sandy sediment.

Its valuable rocky reef habitat is home to several important and well known species such as the pink sea fan, cup coral and jewel anemones. Commercially important species such as mackerel and bass are also found here. The diverse marine life make this area popular with divers.

The Manacles is also widely recognised as an area with high harbour porpoise activity.

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Other nearby potential MCZs

South of Falmouth  South-East of Falmouth

Location map

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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