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Irish Sea conservation Zones
· Sites of Special Scientific Interest
· Special Areas of Conservation
· Special Protection Areas
· Ramsar sites
Where will Marine Conservation Zones be?We don’t yet know where the conservation zones are likely to be because the stakeholder group has not made its recommendations. The recommendations are due to be made to the government in June 2011.
However, we know that the recommended sites must meet certain scientific criteria, while seeking to minimise the social and economic costs and maximise the benefits to society.
What activities may be restricted?
We don’t yet know what activities may be restricted in the conservation zones. It will depend on what species or habitats are being protected and will be decided on a case by case basis.
The Irish Sea Conservation Zones project area covers roughly 40% of the entire Irish Sea, or around 18,000 square km.
The main area that is being considered that would affect us is Shell flats a couple of miles west of Fleetwood and Rossall. There is also an area of reef on the Northerly edge of Lune deeps that is under consideration.
There seems to be a distinct lack of information as to where these areas will definately be, what activities will be restricted, how they will be policed and even exactly what the intended goals will be.
It is likely that Marine Conservation Zones will restrict certain activities in some locations, so it’s essential that you have your say about where they should be.
Local liaison officers are out and about all around the North West and they are happy to meet you, attend events or make presentations.
07891 842 282
email@example.comLancashire, Greater Manchester and Northern Ireland
07891 842 228
Cumbria and Scotland
07772 550 127
For further information you can visit the IRISH SEA
CONSERVATION ZONES website here :