First Three Marine Areas Receive Highest Levels of Protection

First three marine areas receive highest levels of protection.

Three marine areas including Allonby Bay, have now received the highest level of protection for marine habitats and species as their designations come into effect on 5 July.

This will help protect some of our most precious marine species and habitats such as honeycomb worm reefs, northern gannets and harbour porpoises, improving the health of our ocean for generations to come.

As an independent coastal state, the Highly Protected Marine Areas represent a huge leap forward in the UK government’s ambitious marine conservation targets and commitments to protecting our blue planet – set out in the Environmental Improvement Plan and 25 Year Environment Plan. They also build on our international commitments, including to protect at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030 under the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework which the UK spearheaded.

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More ecological information about Allonby Bay can be found in the site-specific factsheets