Red mullet (Credit Paul Naylor)
Western Channel is located 54km south-east of Lizard Peninsula and its southern boundary follows the UK continental shelf limit.
Short-beaked common dolphins have been observed feeding here.
A mosaic of habitats are included within this recommended MCZ, including coarse sediment, mixed sediment and moderate energy rock. These habitats support many benthic species, animals that live on the seafloor such as polychaete worms, bivalve molluscs and echinoderms.
Productive frontal systems are found in the Western Channel. These frontal systems carry an abundance of fresh food from cooler deeper waters into the sunlit surface waters where plankton can flourish. This feature acts as a catalyst for marine life and brings together many marine animals to feed including seabirds and cetaceans, such as the short-beaked common dolphin.
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Western Channel recommended MCZ is located in the map below.
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