Rosemary Bank Seamount NCMPA
This site is in the deep waters off western Scotland, north-east of the Rockall Trough. It is actually an extinct volcano which towers over 1,000 meters above the seafloor, and is one of only three seamounts present in Scotland’s seas. This is a hotspot for marine life and significant to the health of Scotland’s seas because of the way it influences underwater currents that bring valuable nutrients to the region. It is a nursery and feeding area for several types of fish such orange roughy and blue ling. Deep-sea sponge aggregations and cold water corals are also found here. In fact around 88 million sponges may be present in the area and they are in largely a pristine condition. The occasional sperm and pilot whale also swims through.
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 Area6,934.90 km2 (2,677.58 mi.2)
Perimeter312.71 km (194.31 mi.)
Deep-sea sponge aggregations
Deep sea areas dominated mainly by two types of sponge - glass sponge and giant sponge.
The biological communities found on the large geological structures that are seamounts. These include a range of animals from fragile corals and sponges through to polychaete worms and sea stars that may live in association with sediments on and around se
A large-scale undersea topographic feature that rises steeply several hundred meters from the surrounding deep-ocean floor.
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