Statistics of the area covered by MPAs and closures to bottom towed fishing gear in MPAs and habitats. The statistics are for different areas of English waters.

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Notes

Data sources are the same as those detailed on the map page. English waters area was calculated using the UKHO continental shelf with the DECC median line filling in gaps. Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish inshore waters were removed, along with Welsh offshore waters.

Summing the area of the individual MPA types will result in a figure greater than the "In MPA" value - this is because some MPA types overlap with others. The "In MPA" value doesn't include any double counting.

Spatial statistics calculated in Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area (ETRS 1989).

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Area in an MPA, but not protected by a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing gear
Area in an MPA, and in a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing gear
Area neither in an MPA, nor in a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing
Area not in an MPA, but protected by a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing gear

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Area in an MPA, but not protected by a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing gear
Area in an MPA, and in a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing gear
Area neither in an MPA, nor in a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing
Area not in an MPA, but protected by a byelaw to restrict bottom towed fishing gear

Additional information on habitat types

Reefs, Seagrass, Mixed sediments, Sand, Mud