UK Offshore Marine Protected Areas 2019
This resource contains boundary, site and feature information for designated UK Offshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Offshore MPAs include Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas, Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) with marine components and Special Protection Areas (SPAs) with marine components. JNCC is responsible for identifying and providing conservation advice on MPAs in UK offshore waters (beyond 12 nautical miles from the coast). Further information on offshore MPAs is available on our website: http://archive.jncc.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=6895.
A shapefile and spreadsheet are available for download. The shapefile contains site boundaries and associated site attribute information, including: site code, site name, site status, country, CP2 region, area (hectares), centroid lat/long (decimal degree), established date, lead agency and WDPA code. The spreadsheet provides the same site attribute data as well as information on the sites' protected features (including feature names, feature codes and species population types). Sites that straddle the inshore/offshore (UK Territorial Seas) limit are included in these datasets.
Please note that SACs can be identified by their Site of Community Importance (SCI) or candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) statuses, as well as their fully designated "SAC" status. MCZs in UK offshore waters currently comprise those designated by the Secretary of State (SoS) and are found in England inshore, England offshore and Northern Ireland offshore waters (site status = "MCZ - Secretary of State").
For further information please see the shapefile metadata and spreadsheet read-me (within the files).
Resource type Dataset
Topic category Boundaries
Reference date 2019·05·31
Update history Version - 20190531: Addition of 16 newly designated offshore and joint inshore/offshore Secretary of State Tranche Three MCZs: Cape Bank, East of Start Point, Holderness Offshore, Inner Bank, Kentish Knock East, Orford Inshore, South of the Isles of Scilly, South-West Approaches to Bristol Channel, Markham's Triangle, North-East of Haig Fras, Queenie Corner, South of Celtic Deep, South Rigg, South-West Deeps (East), West of Copeland, and West of Wight-Barfleur, plus the addition of 49 new features. Addition of six new features to existing MCZs: East of Haig Fras, South Dorset, The Canyons. Full version history is included in the metadata (shapefile) or version control table (spreadsheet).
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Limitations on public access No limitations
Use constraints Re-use of the data is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 including attribution of the relevant copyright holders. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/ The site boundaries include sections of UK Exclusive Economic Zone © Crown copyright. The exact limits of the EEZ are set out in The Exclusive Economic Zone Order 2013. If you re-use this information you must acknowledge the source in your product or application by including or linking to the following attribution statement: Contains Joint Nature Conservation Committee data © copyright and database right . Contains Natural England data © copyright and database right . Contains Scottish Natural Heritage data © copyright and database right . Contains Natural Resource Wales data © copyright and database right . Contains Northern Ireland Environment Agency data © copyright and database right . Contains UK Hydrographic Office data © copyright and database right . Contains Ordnance Survey data © copyright and database right .
Metadata date 2019·07·04
Metadata point of contact
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Temporal extent 2015·07·21 2019·05·31