Become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones

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 rainforests on land. Our coasts and estuaries provide a number of 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.

In order to protect our seas, the UK Government are designating a network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) through out English and non-devolved waters – areas of seabed where marine wildlife and habitats are protected. 

These, alongside other protected areas, can 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 and final 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.

Become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones to:

  • Show your support for a network of protected areas throughout the Irish Sea
  • Receive updates about our campaign to protect the Irish Sea's marine life and how you can have your say
  • Hear about our work across the North West and upcoming events and activities in your area
  • Sign up for optional updates from your local Wildlife Trust about how you can do more to help and support wildlife

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