The designation of MCZs through the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 adds to our Marine Protected Area (MPA) network in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region.
DAERA Marine and Fisheries Division has designated four new MCZs in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region. These MCZs are listed below together with the features of interest. You can download the details of each MCZ at the provided links:
- Rathlin MCZ - Deep-sea bed, Black guillemot and Geological/geomorphological features indicating past change in relative sea level
- Waterfoot MCZ - Seagrass (Zostera marina) bed on Subtidal (sublittoral) sand
- Outer Belfast Lough MCZ - Ocean quahog (Arctica islandica) and associated habitat Subtidal (sublittoral) sand
- Carlingford Lough MCZ - Philine aperta and Virgularia mirabilis in Subtidal (sublittoral) mud
For detailed information on the MCZ consultation and supporting documents refer to the following links: