Natural England - Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee submit their advice to Defra on recommended Marine Conservation Zones

Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee submit their advice to Defra on recommended Marine Conservation Zones

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.

We have produced an executive summaryexternal link of the advice and a series of fact sheetsexternal link about the MCZ project.

A full copy of JNCC and Natural Englands’ Adviceexternal link is available from our publications catalogue.

The Advice will be considered by Defra alongside other advice and evidence:

  • Advice from the regional MCZ projects
    • their final reportsexternal link (submitted to Natural England, JNCC and the Science Advisory Panel (SAP) in September 2011) and;
    • their Impact Assessmentexternal link (submitted to Defra 18 July 2012);
  • Advice from independent scientists, the Science Advisory Panelexternal link and Independent Expert Review Group (IERG) and;
  • Additional evidence from environmental surveys and assessments carried out since the regional MCZ projects submitted their recommendations.

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