East of Gannet and Montrose Fields

Site overview: 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.

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.


57° 12' 40" North,
1° 17' 29" East

Surface Area

1,840.33 km2
(710.55 mi.2 )

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