The Barra Fan and Hebrides Terrace Seamount

Site overview: This site is in the west of Scotland next to the boundary with Irish waters. The Fan part of this site├óÔé¼Ôäós name refers to a large build-up of sediments here. The site also includes the remains of an ancient volcano. The seamount is thought to be important to the health of Scotland’s seas because of its effect on movement of underwater currents, which bring food for sea creatures to the area. Cold-water corals, deep sea sponges and fish such as orange roughy all live here. Several species of sharks and whales swim through.

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.


56° 34' 56" North,
9° 41' 44" West

Surface Area

4,378.04 km2
(1,690.37 mi.2 )

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