Where a SAC crosses the 12 nautical mile boundary, if it lies
more than 90% in territorial waters, it will be progressed by the
relevant country conservation agency. Sites that are between 10 and
90% in territorial waters will be progressed jointly by the
relevant country conservation agency and JNCC.
In the UK, inshore SACs are designated under the Habitats Regulations
. These are the same
regulations that support the designation and management of
terrestrial and freshwater SACs.
There are 83 SACs with marine components in territorial
waters. There are also four SACs that straddle inshore and
offshore waters. A shapefile
of these sites is