19 July 2012
In September 2011 the four regional MCZ projects submitted recommendations for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). These recommendations came from groups of sea users and those with an interest in the sea through a series of discussions and negotiations.
Natural England and JNCC, as the Government’s advisers on the natural environment, reviewed these recommendations. On 18th July 2012 we submitted our formal advice to Government on the science behind these recommendations, the quality of the ecological data and our views on the overall regional MCZ Project process.
On the whole Natural England and JNCC support the recommendations made by the regional MCZ projects since they broadly meet the original ecological criteria, subject to some additional suggestions proposed in the advice.
A full copy of JNCC and Natural Englands’ Advice is available from our publications catalogue.
The Advice will be considered by Defra alongside other advice and evidence: