Offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

 

This page provides links to Site Information Centres which have been developed for designated offshore MPAs in the UK. Information about MPAs located in both territorial and offshore waters is available on the JNCC interactive map.

 

To access the Site Information Centres, please click on the relevant link below: 

Anton Dohrn Seamount SAC North Norfolk Sandbanks and Saturn Reef SAC
Bassurelle Sandbank SAC North-West Orkney NCMPA
Braemar Pockmarks SAC North-West of Jones Bank MCZ
Bristol Channel Approaches cSAC North-West Rockall Bank SAC
Central Fladen NCMPA Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain NCMPA
Croker Carbonate Slabs cSAC/SCI Offshore Brighton MCZ
Darwin Mounds SAC Offshore Overfalls MCZ
Dogger Bank SAC Outer Thames Estuary SPA
East of Gannet and Montrose Fields NCMPA Pisces Reef Complex SAC
East of Haig Fras MCZ Pobie Bank Reef SAC
East Rockall Bank SAC Rosemary Bank Seamount NCMPA
Farnes East MCZ Scanner Pockmark SAC
Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt NCMPA Skomer, Skokholm and the Seas off Pembrokeshire SPA
Firth of Forth Banks Complex NCMPA Solan Bank Reef SAC
Fulmar MCZ Southern North Sea cSAC
Geikie Slide and Hebridean Slope NCMPA South Dorset MCZ
Greater Haig Fras MCZ South-West Deeps (West) MCZ
Haig Fras SAC Stanton Banks SAC
Haisborough, Hammond and Winterton SAC Swallow Sand MCZ
Hatton Bank cSAC The Barra Fan and Hebrides Terrace Seamount NCMPA
Hatton-Rockall Basin NCMPA The Canyons MCZ
Inner Dowsing, Race Bank and North Ridge SAC Turbot Bank NCMPA
Irish Sea Front SPA West Shetland Shelf NCMPA
Liverpool Bay SPA West of Walney MCZ
North-east Faroe-Shetland Channel NCMPA West Wales Marine cSAC
North Anglesey Marine cSAC Western Channel MCZ
North Channel cSAC Wight-Barfleur Reef SAC
North East of Farnes Deep MCZ Wyville Thomson Ridge SAC

 

Special Areas of Conservation – cSACs/SCIs
Offshore candidate SACs (cSACs) have been notified to the European Commission as Sites of Community Importance under Section 7 of the Conservation of Offshore Marine Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, in order to protect habitats and species of European importance. More information about offshore SACs and the site selection process is available on the Marine SAC pages.

 

Special Protected Areas – SPAs
There is one Special Protected Area with marine components (Outer Thames Estuary) where a small proportion of the site extends into offshore waters. More information about SPAs with marine components is available on the Marine SPA pages.

 

Nature Conservation MPAs – NCMPAs
These MPAs have been designated in waters around Scotland for nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology.  They are a national designation introduced under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) (for offshore waters) and the Marine (Scotland) Act (2010) (for territorial waters). More information about NCMPAs and the site selection process is available on the Nature Conservation MPA pages.

 

Marine Conservation Zones - MCZs
MCZs are a national designation introduced under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009), and have been designated in English territorial waters, and UK offshore waters around England, Wales and Northern Ireland for nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology.  More information about MCZs and the site selection process is available on the Marine Conservation Zone pages.

 

MPAs in territorial waters

Information on MPAs in territorial waters (0-12 nautical miles) is available via the links to the Statutory Nature Conservation Body websites: 

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