Irish Sea Conservation Zones – latest progress report

The Irish Sea Conservation Zones project  has published its latest progress report, detailing draft final recommendations for Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea which will be submitted to Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservancy Council in August 2011.

The project, which began in 2009, is the first ‘stakeholder-led’ process in the UK to identify areas for marine conservation. Along with a project team, this work is undertaken by a group of 39 regional stakeholders, each from a different sea use or interest in the Irish Sea, who are tasked with making recommendations to the government on the location and conservation objectives of Marine Conservation Zones that fulfil certain ecological criteria.

The latest progress report and draft final recommendations can be downloaded here (two documents).

For more information on the project, visit

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