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Marine Conservation Zones

Marine Conservation Zones are a new type of marine protected area for the protection and conservation of marine biodiversity.

We can create Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in Welsh waters up to 12 nautical miles from shore.

We established The Marine Conservation Zones Project Wales to take this work forward. We held a consultation and engagement between April and July 2012. This exercise set out the science behind 10 potential highly protected site options and focused on gathering more information and views from people:

  • about how they use and enjoy the marine environment; 
  • how they might be affected by a highly protected designation; and
  • how any effects could be minimized.
We received a large number of detailed responses and a summary covering all responses will be available soon.