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?…
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
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