The Irish Sea is home to diverse communities of marine life.
Deep muddy plains may look like deserts but they have the potential to be as diverse as rain forests on land. Our coasts and estuaries provide habitats and rich food sources for a wealth of birds, fish and other wildlife. But these coastal and undersea landscapes have already been damaged, fish populations have declined and species are at risk.
Protecting the Irish Sea
In order to save our seas from decades of neglect and decline, the UK Government are designating a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) – areas of seabed where marine wildlife and habitats will be protected.
MCZs, alongside other types of protected areas, will help give our seas the protection they need to recover and thrive. The Government has already designated 50 sites nationally in two phases (in 2013 and 2016) and has committed to consulting on a third round of sites in 2018. So far, only four MCZs have been designated in the Irish Sea. Three deepwater mud sites and three estuarine sites have also been put forward to Government as recommended MCZs but have not yet been designated. These sites are needed to complete the network of protected areas in the Irish Sea.
We will be working hard to ensure the third round of sites is ambitious enough to give our seas the protection they deserve. But we need your help. Please join our growing team of ‘Friends of Marine Conservation Zones’ and help to ensure our marvellous marine life gets the protection it needs.
We need your help
Please join our growing team of ‘Friends of Marine Conservation Zones’ and help to ensure our marvellous marine life gets the protection it needs.