Turbot Bank NCMPA

Status: Designated


Site overview

This site is located off the east coast of Scotland, to the south-west of the Fladen Grounds. The area includes a shelf bank and mound known as Turbot Bank which is really important for sandeels, which burrow in the sand for months at a time. Sandeels are an important source of food for many seabirds such as puffins and kittiwakes, and other types of fish such as plaice.

MPA Type

Nature 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 date

24 July 2014

Surface Area

250.83 km2 (96.85 mi.2)


64.22 km (39.90 mi.)

  • Sandeels (Ammodytes spp.)

    Sandeels are small eel-like fish which swim in large shoals. They are an extremely important part of food webs in the North Atlantic. They also support the largest fishery in the North Sea, with recent annual landings in the last decade of around a millio

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