News Item: Marine Conservation Zones – Consultation on proposals for designation in 2013

Defra are seeking views on proposals for the designation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in English inshore and English and Welsh offshore waters.

This consultation seeks to engage with everyone who has an interest in the marine environment and coastal communities. It’s the primary opportunity for people to have their say and influence the decisions on how many MCZs are designated, where they are designated and for what features.

Information and comments submitted will be used to inform the decision on which sites will be designated in the first tranche in 2013. Information gathered at this stage will also be used as part of the decision-making process for designation of sites in later tranches.

The consultation begins on the 13th of December 2012 and closes on the 31st of March 2013.

Further information can be found on Defra’s website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/12/13/marine-conservation-zones-1212/