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Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

Part 3 Marine Protection

26.The Act allows the Department to designate areas as marine conservation zones (MCZs), with the agreement of the Secretary of State. Designation may be carried out for certain circumstances (e.g. conserving species of marine flora and fauna), having regard to any economic, cultural or social consequences of designation. Islands may be included within an MCZ, and adjacent areas of the seashore may also be included if certain conditions apply.

27.The Department must publicise proposals for MCZ designation, and must consult the Secretary of State and interested parties before making a designation order.

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