Clyde Sea Sill

Site overview: This area stretches from the Mull of Kintyre to Corsewall Point on the Rhins of Galloway, where cooler waters mix with warmer waters. Here, nutrients and plankton create feeding hotspots for fish and whales and dolphins. As a result this is an important area for fish stocks, with existing fisheries management measures in place here for spawning cod. In the north-west of the MPA a colony of breeding black guillemots relies on the rich feeding grounds around Sanda, Sheep Island and Glunimore Island.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area
MPA Purpose
This complements the MPA power introduced through the Marine and Coastal Access Act for offshore waters around Scotland. The Act also allows the Scottish Ministers to designate MPAs for demonstration and research and for historic/cultural conservation.


55° 10' 29" North,
5° 26' 8" West

Surface Area

711.86 km2
(274.85 mi.2 )

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