Marine Conservation Zones in the Northern Ireland Inshore Region

Date published: 13 December 2016

The designation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) safeguards vulnerable or unique marine species and habitats of national importance in the Northern Ireland inshore region based on an ecosystem approach. These MCZs fulfill the obligations on The Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 (the "Act") to contribute to an ecologically coherent UK network of MPAs as well as wider biodiversity commitments at European and global level.


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:

For detailed information on the MCZ consultation and supporting documents refer to the following links:

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