East of Gannet and Montrose Fields NCMPA
The majority of the seabed here is made up of sands and gravels, which are the preferred habitat of the ocean quahog. These clam-like animals can live for more than 400 years and are one of the longest living creatures on Earth. The site also includes a band of offshore deep sea mud. Many types of worm and mollusc live buried in the mud and provide an important food source for passing fish. This deep-sea mud is at too great a depth for plants to grow; instead, the conditions here are favoured by animals such as sea spiders, sea urchins and worms.
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 Area1,840.45 km2 (710.60 mi.2)
Perimeter188.04 km (116.84 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)57° 12' 40" North, 1° 17' 28" East
Did you know?…
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
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
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