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Inshore SACs with Marine Components
SACs in territorial waters (within 12 nautical miles of the coast) are identified by the relevant
country conservation agency
, and co-ordinated and submitted to Government by JNCC.
Where a site 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
. These are the same regulations that support the designation and management of terrestrial and freshwater SACs.
There are 87 SACs with marine components in territorial waters. There are also two SACs that straddle inshore and offshore waters. An
of these sites is available.
England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are looking to identify additional marine SACs within their territorial waters. The SAC network in Welsh waters is largely complete. For more information on SACs in the territorial waters of
is available on the country conservation agency websites.
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