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On 31st May 2019 the total of Marine Conservation Zones declared in the UK increased by 41 to 91, ten years on from the passing of the Marine Act in 2009. 39 of the new areas are in England and 2 in Northern Ireland offshore waters. There are different systems for designating and naming these areas in Scoltand and Wales. Amongst the newly protected areas are the Purbeck Coast, Selsey Bill, a number of estuaries in Devon and Cornwall, a large stretch of the Northumberland coast and the south shore of the Solway Firth. Already established Marine Conservation Zones included Lundy, the Scilly Isles, the Cromer coast of Norfolk and sections of the Cumbria and Kent coasts. This gallery includes coverage on both the recently declared Marine Protection Areas in England and the existing network throughout the UK.

You can see more information on the new zones in our blog post.
Leach's spider crab (Inachus phalangium) sheltering from the current beneath tentacles of Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis) Selsey, West Sussex, UK, May - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Leach's spider crab (Inachus phalangium) sheltering from the current beneath tentacles of Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia viridis) Selsey, West Sussex, UK, May
Female Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) mouthiing the camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK. July - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Female Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) mouthiing the camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, England, UK. July
Yellow / spiny seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) female sheltering is meadow of common Eelgrass (Zostera marina) Studland Bay, Dorset, UK, August. Did you know? The two species of seahorse found in Br... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Yellow / spiny seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) female sheltering is meadow of common Eelgrass (Zostera marina) Studland Bay, Dorset, UK, August. Did you know? The two species of seahorse found in Br...
Lesser spotted catshark / Dogfish shark (Scyliorhinus canicula) hiding amongst seaweeds, Babbacombe Bay, Devon, UK, April. Did you know? There are at least 21 native British sharks. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Lesser spotted catshark / Dogfish shark (Scyliorhinus canicula) hiding amongst seaweeds, Babbacombe Bay, Devon, UK, April. Did you know? There are at least 21 native British sharks.
Shore Crab (Carcinus maenas) female carrying eggs with claws raised in defensive posture. Northumberland, UK. May. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Shore Crab (Carcinus maenas) female carrying eggs with claws raised in defensive posture. Northumberland, UK. May.
Aeolid nudibranch (Flabellina pedata) feeding on its prey of hydroids. This species can not only eat the stinging hydroids without getting stung, but the stinging nematocysts of the hydoid pass throug... - Alex  Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Aeolid nudibranch (Flabellina pedata) feeding on its prey of hydroids. This species can not only eat the stinging hydroids without getting stung, but the stinging nematocysts of the hydoid pass throug...
Colourful deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) a type of soft coral, growing on a wall in Conservation Bay, Loch Carron, Scotland, UK, April. Model released. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Colourful deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) a type of soft coral, growing on a wall in Conservation Bay, Loch Carron, Scotland, UK, April. Model released.
A tiny amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) living on Dead man's fingers soft coral (Alcyonium digitatum) Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April. - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / A tiny amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) living on Dead man's fingers soft coral (Alcyonium digitatum) Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April.
Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) exploring an underwater cave, Lundy Island, Devon, UK, English Channel, June. Winner, 'Habitat' category, British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 20... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Young Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) exploring an underwater cave, Lundy Island, Devon, UK, English Channel, June. Winner, 'Habitat' category, British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) competition 20...
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) split level view of young investigating camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel, August - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) split level view of young investigating camera lens, Lundy Island, Devon, UK, Bristol Channel, August
Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The largest Basking sha... - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) feeding on plankton in the surface waters around the island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, UK, June. 2020VISION Book Plate. Did you know? The largest Basking sha...
Amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) on top of a colony of Deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) coral, Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April. - Alex  Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) on top of a colony of Deadman's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) coral, Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April.
Sunset cup coral / Yellow cave coral (Leptopsammia pruvoti), on sponge covered rock face, Lundy Island Marine Conservation Zone, Devon, England, UK, May - Linda Pitkin / 2020VISION
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Linda Pitkin / 2020VISION / Sunset cup coral / Yellow cave coral (Leptopsammia pruvoti), on sponge covered rock face, Lundy Island Marine Conservation Zone, Devon, England, UK, May
Close up of a colony of Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis) Scotland, UK, October. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Close up of a colony of Jewel anemones (Corynactis viridis) Scotland, UK, October.
Long legged spider crab (Macropodia rostrata) on Dead man's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum). Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Long legged spider crab (Macropodia rostrata) on Dead man's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum). Loch Carron, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland, UK, April
Bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, UK, July. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Bladder wrack (Fucus vesiculosus) Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, UK, July.
Sunrise on coast near Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Sunrise on coast near Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England
Compass jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella) The Isles of Scilly. - Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / Compass jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella) The Isles of Scilly.
Portrait of a butterfish (Pholis gunnellus) in seaweeds, on a chalk reef. Sheringham, north Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. North Sea - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a butterfish (Pholis gunnellus) in seaweeds, on a chalk reef. Sheringham, north Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. North Sea
Portrait of an Edible crab (Cancer pagurus) on a chalk reef. Sherringham, north Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. North Sea - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of an Edible crab (Cancer pagurus) on a chalk reef. Sherringham, north Norfolk, England, United Kingdom. North Sea
Nudibranch (Facelina auriculata) searching for  small hydroids on top of a boulder, Selsey, West Sussex, UK, May - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Nudibranch (Facelina auriculata) searching for small hydroids on top of a boulder, Selsey, West Sussex, UK, May
Waves break over the rocky shoreline of Portland Bill, Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. April 2012. - Adam  Burton
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Adam Burton / Waves break over the rocky shoreline of Portland Bill, Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. April 2012.
Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) amongst wreckage of a Mulberry harbour from World War II, Selsey, West Sussex, England, UK, English Channel, April - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta) amongst wreckage of a Mulberry harbour from World War II, Selsey, West Sussex, England, UK, English Channel, April
Nudibranch (Facelina auriculata) searching for its food of small hydroids by climbing on a blade of Seagrass / Eelgrass (Zostera marina) in seagrass meadow. Helford Estuary, Cornwall, UK, July - Alex Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / Nudibranch (Facelina auriculata) searching for its food of small hydroids by climbing on a blade of Seagrass / Eelgrass (Zostera marina) in seagrass meadow. Helford Estuary, Cornwall, UK, July
Shanny (Lipophrys pholis) in small rockpool on a falling tide, St. Bees, Cumbria, UK, July - Nick Upton
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Nick Upton / Shanny (Lipophrys pholis) in small rockpool on a falling tide, St. Bees, Cumbria, UK, July
Portrait of an Olive squat lobster (Galathea squamifera) on a chalk reef. Sherringham, north Norfolk, England, UK. North Sea - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of an Olive squat lobster (Galathea squamifera) on a chalk reef. Sherringham, north Norfolk, England, UK. North Sea
John dory (Zeus faber) portrait, Babbacombe Bay, Devon, UK, October - Alex  Mustard / 2020VISION
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Alex Mustard / 2020VISION / John dory (Zeus faber) portrait, Babbacombe Bay, Devon, UK, October
Hartland Quay, rugged north Devon coastline, high tide at sunset, Devon, UK, April 2012. - Ross Hoddinott
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Ross Hoddinott / Hartland Quay, rugged north Devon coastline, high tide at sunset, Devon, UK, April 2012.
Blustery afternoon along coast, Dunstanburgh, Northumberland, England - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Blustery afternoon along coast, Dunstanburgh, Northumberland, England
Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) taking to the air as wave crashes over the rock they are perching on, Northumberland Coast, England, November - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Turnstones (Arenaria interpres) taking to the air as wave crashes over the rock they are perching on, Northumberland Coast, England, November
Eider duck abstract {Somateria mollissima} ducks and drakes, Northumberland. - DAVID TIPLING
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DAVID TIPLING / Eider duck abstract {Somateria mollissima} ducks and drakes, Northumberland.
Algae covered rocks at Church Ope Cove, Portland, Dorset, England. Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Algae covered rocks at Church Ope Cove, Portland, Dorset, England. Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Mouth of the River Otter, Devon, England, UK, November. - Matthew Maran
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Matthew Maran / Mouth of the River Otter, Devon, England, UK, November.
Eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female leads her ducklings towards the sea, Farne Islands, UK, June. - Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / Eider duck (Somateria mollissima) female leads her ducklings towards the sea, Farne Islands, UK, June.
Sunrise over smooth black rocks on the coast near Dunstanburgh Castle at sunrise. Embleton Bay, Northumbria, England. - Ian Cameron
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Ian Cameron / Sunrise over smooth black rocks on the coast near Dunstanburgh Castle at sunrise. Embleton Bay, Northumbria, England.
Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) lying on seaweed covered rocks. Northumberland, UK. - Barry Bland
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Barry Bland / Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) lying on seaweed covered rocks. Northumberland, UK.
Eider ducks males females {Somateria mollissima} Northumberland UK - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Eider ducks males females {Somateria mollissima} Northumberland UK
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) male flapping wings, Northumberland, England - Duncan Usher
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Duncan Usher / Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) male flapping wings, Northumberland, England
Rocky beach at low tide, Seahouses, Northumberland, UK - Bernard Castelein
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Bernard Castelein / Rocky beach at low tide, Seahouses, Northumberland, UK
Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Beach at dawn, Northumbria, England, UK - David Noton
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David Noton / Dunstanburgh Castle and Embleton Beach at dawn, Northumbria, England, UK
Common Shelduck {Tadorna tadorna} drake watching over feeding female, Lindisfarne (Holy island), Northumberland, UK - Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Common Shelduck {Tadorna tadorna} drake watching over feeding female, Lindisfarne (Holy island), Northumberland, UK
Rockpools near Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland, England - Adam Burton
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Adam Burton / Rockpools near Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland, England
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) flock roosting at high tide, North Northumberland, England, November - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) flock roosting at high tide, North Northumberland, England, November
Eiders (Somateria mollissima) on sandy beach in harbour, Northumberland, UK. May. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Eiders (Somateria mollissima) on sandy beach in harbour, Northumberland, UK. May.
Puffins (Fratercula arctica), foreground puffin with beak full of sandeels, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July. - Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Puffins (Fratercula arctica), foreground puffin with beak full of sandeels, Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, July.
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England, UK, March 2009. - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England, UK, March 2009.
Eider (Somateria mollissima) male on water, stretching, Seahouses, Northumberland, England, February - Guy Edwardes
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Guy Edwardes / Eider (Somateria mollissima) male on water, stretching, Seahouses, Northumberland, England, February
Flock of Knot {Calidris canutus} in flight over waves, North Northumberland, England, February - Laurie Campbell
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Laurie Campbell / Flock of Knot {Calidris canutus} in flight over waves, North Northumberland, England, February
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