Management of Marine Conservation Zones
Management measures required within Marine
Conservation Zones (MCZs) will be decided on a site-by-site basis,
and will depend on what the site has been designated for.
Like protected sites on land, there will be
MCZs where some activities are not allowed but others can occur.
MCZs may have seasonal restrictions on activities rather than
a complete ban. Not all MCZs will need the same management
measures and there is no presumption that any specific type of
activity will be restricted. There may however, be some sites where
many activities are restricted.
Fishing and Marine Conservation Zones
JNCC and Natural England have developed
advice on the impacts of fisheries on the habitats that
will be afforded protection by MCZs.
In addition, the Marine Conservation Zone
Project has produced a factsheet on the
management of fishing activities within MCZs identified in
English inshore and English, Welsh and Northern Irish offshore
Licensed and unlicensed activities and Marine Conservation
JNCC and Natural England have produced a general
assessment of potential impacts that licensed and unlicensed
activities could have on habitats and species to be
protected by MCZs, in the absence of MCZs but under existing
regulations and legislation.
This document also includes advice on possible options for
mitigation that may be required to avoid damage or disturbance to
these habitats and species. JNCC and Natural England have
also produced advice relating to the impacts of MCZs
on information provision and decisions in relation to marine licensing
Roles and responsibilities for the management of Marine
In response to questions asked by members of the regional MCZ
project stakeholder groups, an advice document was provided by on
and responsibilities in the design, and implementation and
enforcement of management measures. It supplements the detail
provided in section 3.5 “Conservation objectives and management
measures‟ of the MCZ Project Delivery Guidance.
It provides further information on who is responsible for
MCZ management and how it will work in practice following the
submission of MCZ recommendations.
Decisions on management will not be made until after a site has
been designated an MCZ by Government.
Further information on the role of the Marine Management
Organisation in the management of MCZs is available from their