Many areas along the Yorkshire coast are protected through regional, national and international designations, reflecting the importance and distinctive nature of our coastline. There are many types of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), but all are created to support the long-term health and productivity of our marine and coastal environment.
This group works to ensure that Yorkshire’s MPAs are managed appropriately, and that each protected area is considered both individually and on an ecosystem-scale. By working collaboratively, we can share our ideas and knowledge across the region, which helps to make sure that any management issues are dealt with effectively and consistently.
Conservation Advice has been produced for each MPA, to help regulators, developers, user-groups and wider stakeholders understand their responsibilities towards these sensitive and unique sites. The Designated Sites System holds a wealth of information about why each site is designated, how it should be managed, what pressures the site is under, and how different activities may impact the features of the MPA. Click on the images below to find out more about Yorkshire’s MPAs, or follow this link to learn about the different types of protected area.What are MPAs?