Central Fladen

Site overview: This site lies within the Fladen Grounds, a large area of mud in the northern North Sea. This site includes an unusual geological tunnel valley known as the Fladen Deeps or The Holes. It is thought these valleys were created by erosion from melt water under an ice sheet in former ice ages. Several different seapens live here including the fairly uncommon tall seapen, which can grow up to 2m in height.

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.


59° 2' 34" North,
0° 14' 18" West

Surface Area

925.27 km2
(357.25 mi.2 )

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