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MCZ recommendations

The final recommendations for Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea project area are now available to download from this page.

You can download either a summary version or the full 450 page report.

These recommendations have now been passed on to the government and its advisors for consideration. The government is  reviewing the recommendations and will bring some or all of them to full public consultation in 2012.

The government aims to beging designating Marine Conservation Zones in 2012.

You can also download the earlier draft versions of the Irish Sea recommendations that were developed during the project.

Background

The recommendations for Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea project area were developed by a group of people with interest and expertise in the Irish Sea. This Regional Stakeholder Group was made up of around 40 people, each of whom was drawn from a different sea use or interest.

These included commercial fishing, conservationists, marine scientists, recreational sea users such as sea anglers and boaters, and marine industries such as wind farms, aggregates extraction and the oil and gas industries.

The group was tasked with making recommendations to the government on the location and conservation objectives of Marine Conservation Zones that fulfil certain ecological criteria.

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First Progress Report4 MB
Second Progress Report2 MB
Third Progress Report8 MB
Third Progress Report Summary2 MB
Third Progress Report_Science Advisory Panel response361 KB
Draft final recommendations Part 11 MB
Draft final recommendations Part 23 MB
Draft final recommendations_Science Advisory Panel resonse116 KB
Download an easy-to-read SUMMARY version of our FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS.3 MB
ISCZ final recommendations FULL REPORT part 1 & 22 MB
ISCZ final recommendations FULL REPORT part 3.15 MB
ISCZ final recommendations FULL REPORT part 3.24 MB
ISCZ final recommendations_annexes 1 - 52 MB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 168 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 2 & 3235 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 4 & 5158 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 6 & 7115 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 857 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 1095 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 11244 KB
Annexe 6- ISCZ final recommendations Vulnerability Assessment_rMCZs 13 & 14101 KB
ISCZ final recommendations ESRI MCZ shape files131 KB
ISCZ final recommendations ESRI reference area shape files18 KB
Download useful FACTSHEETS on the recommended Marine Conservation Zones, including draft management1 MB