Candidate SACs for lagoons: The Vadills,
Loch of Stenness, Loch Roag Lagoons, Loch Eport
Lagoons, Loch Nam Madadh, Chesil & The Fleet,
Solent and Isle of Wight Lagoons, Orfordness-Shingle
Street, Benacre to Easton Bavents Lagoons, North
Norfolk Coast and Gibraltar Point Dunes.
Lagoons in the UK are essentially bodies, natural
or artificial, of saline water partially separated
from the adjacent sea. They retain a proportion
of their sea water at low tide and may develop as
brackish, fully saline or hyper-saline water bodies.
They provide important habitat for waterfowl, marshland
birds and seabirds and the presence of certain indigenous
and specialist plants and animals.
Fisheries associated with lagoons
Commercial fisheries are rare in the lagoons which
have been proposed for SAC status although some
aquaculture does take place. This fishing activity
is more common in inlets and bays and is therefore
discussed in section 4.5.4, however, lagoons are
more vulnerable to aquaculture related impacts due
to their restricted water exchange.