Flat periwinkle (Credit Paul Naylor)
The diversity of habitats supports a huge range of species but also includes several protected species, such as the European eel.
Many wading birds and cetaceans also visit the area.
The Camel Estuary is a well know area of biodiversity and productivity and the recommended MCZ aims to protect this fantastic estuarine habitat. This estuary is of specific importance as it includes habitats which range from high energy intertidal rock zones to low energy mud and saltmash habitats.
This diversity of habitats supports a huge range of species but also includes several protected species, such as the European eel.
This recommended Marine Conservation Zone is ON HOLD at the moment as Defra has indicated that there is not enough evidence to support designation.
We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering the additional information needed to consider designation of this site in a future tranche:
This site is on hold at the moment. Although Defra have indicated that there is enough ecological evidence to support the designation of two of the features (intertidal rock and the European eel) found within the site, they indicate that further evidence is needed to support the designation of the remaining four features recommended by stakeholders. Furthermore, Defra have stated the need to better quantify the impacts of designation of the site on the aquaculture industry. Therefore, the site is on hold at the moment pending additional work.
As an estuary, this site provides a number of important habitats including feeding grounds for wading birds. Camel estuary also supports the European eel, a protected species which is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Cetaceans are also known to visit the area.
We need you to urge Defra to commit to gathering the additional information needed to consider designation of this site in a future tranche.
Contains UKHO Law of the Sea data. Crown copyright and database right and contains Ordnance Survey Data Crown copyright and database 2012
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