MCZ tranche 2 update

The RYA have published details of a DEFRA announcement of the next tranche of MCZs to be investigated. We agree with RYA that the decision to include the management measures in the consultation process is to be welcomed.

Sites at Bembvidge; Norris to Ryde ( Osborne Bay); Yarmouth to Cowes; and the Needles are all included in this tranche. Although not in the Solent, the proposed MCZ at Studland is of particular interest because it has already been the subject of research that may give a guide to the management measures that could be applied to the Solent MCZ sites.

The designations are due to be determined by 2015. Full details of the process, and the list of the 37 sites to be reviewed is included in the RYA announcement