The Solway Firth is an important nursery ground for fish such as smelt, bass, pollack and various flatfish. The Solway Firth is a shallow, wide estuary that provides a corridor between England and Scotland. The fast flowing waters are home to many species of fish that are not only of importance to us, but also create a rich feeding ground for waders and seabirds.
This site is being recommended to protect smelt, a species of conservation importance. It is also an important nursery ground for bass, pollack and some flatfish species.
The Solway Firth is an important area for conservation and is already designated as a Special Area of Conservation, a Special Protection Area and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each type of designation protects different features of the area and, with the Marine Conservation Zone, they will complement each other for maximum protection for the habitat and the species that live there.
Smelt are also know as 'cucumber fish' due to their intense smell, reminiscent of fresh cucumbers!
Help us secure protection for the Solway Firth
This estuary is an important nursery ground for fish such as the European smelt which have suffered significant declines over the past 200 years. Help us ensure that this site is designated as an MCZ.