Geikie Slide and Hebridean Slope NCMPA
Located off north-west Scotland, this site follows the descent of the seabed from the continental shelf at a depth of 200m into the deep-sea. This is a submarine landslide, named after the famous Scottish geologist, Sir Archibald Geikie. A diverse range of sea life can be found living in and on the mud, including sea urchins, sea spiders, and deep-sea worms. The area is also a breeding ground for fish such as blue ling.
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 Area2,217.93 km2 (856.35 mi.2)
Perimeter202.37 km (125.75 mi.)
Burrowed mud is a surprisingly important marine habitat which supports a rich community of animals. There are the burrow-making animals that live within the mud itself, including fish, worms, brittlestars, crabs and shrimps. Secondly, there are those a
Offshore deep sea muds
One of the most widespread and common habitats in the Scottish offshore environment which supports a variety of animals including prawns, shellfish, starfish and worms.
A relatively steeply sloping surface between the outer edge of the continental shelf, the area of seabed around the UK which is shallower than the open ocean, and the deep ocean floor.
Offshore subtidal sands and gravels
Offshore areas of sand and gravel that are offshore and always covered by water. These habitats can support a rich variety of life and support internationally important commercial fisheries, such as those for scallops and flatfish.
Slide deposit and slide scars representative of the Geikie Slide Key Geodiversity Area
Areas where glacial movement has resulted in scars on the seabed and accumulations of sand and sediment have been left by this massive movement.
Did you know?…
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
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’