Clyde Sea Sill NCMPA
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.
MPA TypeNature Conservation Marine Protected Area
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) are designated under UK legislation (Marine Scotland Act 2010) and have been established around Scotland to contribute to the UK MPA network by protecting a range of important habitats, species and features of the seabed.
Designation date24 July 2014
Surface Area711.86 km2 (274.85 mi.2)
Perimeter148.91 km (92.53 mi.)
- Circalittoral and offshore sand and coarse sediment communities
Where waters with different qualities, for example different levels of saltiness, meet. Fronts can concentrate nutrients and plankton creating feeding hotspots for sh which in turn attract other higher marine predators.
Did you know?…
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
The future of fisheries is being decided
The UK government has opened a public consultation asking how we think they should manage our fisheries after Brexit through a new Fisheries Bill.Act now!