JNCC’s advice on offshore Marine Conservation Zones proposed for designation in 2013


JNCC's advice on offshore Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) proposed for designation in 2013 report is available to download below.

Our scientific advice details our assessments in the confidence of feature presence and feature extent; feature vulnerability; feature risk; feature condition and on whether the data for a feature/site support its designation. The MCZ advice protocols were used in the production of this advice and are available to view on our website. View the MCZ Project Advice Protocols.

Tranche One Post-Consultation Advice (August 2013)

We provided post consultation advice (available below) on the six JNCC-led offshore sites proposed for designation in 2013. Natural England also provided advice on inshore and cross boundary MCZs (sites straddling the 12 nautical mile limit, such as South Dorset MCZ) proposed for designation in 2013. This advice can be found on their website.

Site Information Centres (SICs) have been developed for the offshore and cross boundary MCZs designated in Tranche One. SICs contain the most up to date information on offshore MPAs, and include detailed sections on current activities taking place and their management. Conservation objectives, conservation advice, and information on evidence that supports the presence of the protected features in the sites are also included.

JNCC and Natural England scientific advice on the MCZ Regional Project recommendations (July 2012)

Potential sites for Marine Conservation Zones were identified through regional project groups as part of the Government’s Marine Conservation Zone Project. Following the submission of recommendations, JNCC provided formal advice to Government in partnership with Natural England on the proposed sites.

Between December 2012 and March 2013, Defra held a public consultation on all recommended MCZs and indicated which sites they felt had a case for designation in 2013. Of the 31 sites Defra identified for designation in 2013, five are located in the offshore area (beyond 12 nautical miles) and fall under our remit for advice and reporting.





Supplementary advice


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