DEFRA response to written question on Marine Conservation Zones

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question:

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which marine life and seabed habitats have been identified for protection in the proposed marine conservation zone at Selsey Bill and the Hounds.

Answer:
Dr Thérèse Coffey:

The features that have been identified for protection at Selsey Bill and the Hounds are:

  • Bracklesham Bay geological feature
  • Short-snouted seahorse
  • Subtidal mixed sediments
  • Subtidal sand
  • Peat and clay exposures
  • High energy infralittoral rock
  • Moderate energy infralittoral rock
  • Moderate energy circalittoral rock
  • Low energy infralittoral rock

Full details regarding the proposed designation of Selsey Bill and the Hounds can be found in the Third Tranche of Marine Conservation Zones consultation. Please see link here:

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/marine/consultation-on-the-third-tranche-of-marine-conser/.