Marine nature reserve
Marine nature reserve (MNR) is a conservation designation officially awarded by a government to a marine reserve of national significance.
Marine nature reserves were introduced in the UK by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, and were designed to conserve marine life and geological or physiographical features of special interest. They have similar status and protection to national nature reserves, but were specifically concerned with a marine environment, including both the sea and seabed.
There is a non-statutory voluntary MNR at St Abbs Head.
Isle of Man
The Isle of Man government has designated a marine nature reserve in Ramsey Bay using Manx legislation.
Marine conservation zones
- Natural England News release, 12 January 2009