451. Marine conservation zones and marine nature reserves.

Marine conservation zones1 may be designated for the purpose of conserving:


    (1)     marine flora or fauna;


    (2)     marine habitats or types of marine habitat;


    (3)     features of geological or geomorphological interest2.

The marine conservation zones are designated in order to contribute to the achievement of the objective set out in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and form a network of conservation sites3.

Public authorities with functions capable of affecting the protected features of a marine conservation zone or any ecological or geomorphological process on which the conservation of any protected feature of a zone is (wholly or in part)