Croker Carbonate Slabs Consultation

23 January 2017


This consultation is now closed


A block of high relief MDAC colonised with soft corals (Alcyonium digitatum), hydroids including Nemertesia antennina and Tubularia indivisa, and Henricia sp. Starfish © JNCC

JNCC has launched a public consultation on a boundary amendment to the Croker Carbonate Slabs cSAC/SCI (candidate Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance). Croker Carbonate Slabs is situated in the mid-Irish Sea, approximately 30km west of Anglesey where the feature “submarine structures made by leaking gases” occurs. The MPA (Marine Protected Area) was originally submitted to the European Commission in 2012 for the protection of this Annex I habitat before it was confirmed as a ‘Site of Community Importance’. New evidence has been gathered that shows the Annex I habitat occurs outside of the existing site boundary, resulting in a proposal for the existing boundary to be amended. 


The consultation runs from Monday 23 January 2017 until midnight on 20 April 2017 and seeks views on the scientific case of the proposal.

Information on the boundary amendment consultation, including how to submit a response, is provided at the JNCC Offshore SAC Consultation page.