Take a look at charts detailing the coast of Britain to find out how the proposed Marine Conservation Zones will affect your cruising

Yachting Monthly’s

May edition featured a report on how the 189 proposed Marine Conservation Zones

around the UK coast may affect your cruising.

The charts we show

here give a more detailed coastal view of where the zones might be. Each chart

has been put together by the bodies set up to oversee each region’s zones –

Balanced Seas, Net Gain, Finding Sanctuary and Irish Sea Conservation Zones.

Click on each area of the map below to see a large version of the chart:

For smartphone users, click here to view a larger interactive version.

There is also a

zoomed-in chart showing Isle of Wight and Solent waters, drawn for us specially

by Natural England, which is involved in the MCZ project in a key advisory

capacity. Please click here to see the map.

The public

consultation on the proposed zones starts in December and Yachting Monthly will

highlight before then how to get your views heard.

Meanwhile, there

is lots more information on the zones and some of the groups involved in the

debate on the following links:

Defra: www.defra.gov.uk

Joint Nature

Conservation Committee: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk

Natural England: www.naturalengland.org.uk

MCZ Project national newsletter: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-2409

MCZ Project email: mczproject@jncc.gov.uk

MCZ interactive map: www.mczmapping.org

A list of marine species and habitats that MCZs will be designed to protect: http://bit.ly/zm7YLk

The Studland Bay

Preservation Association: http://studlandbpa.blogspot.com/

Information about

Lundy: www.lundymcz.org.uk

Net Gain (North

Sea): www.netgainmcz.org

Irish Sea

Conservation Zones: www.irishseaconservation.org.uk

Finding Sanctuary

(the South West): www.finding-sanctuary.org

Balanced Seas (the

South East): www.balancedseas.org