Turbot Bank

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.

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° 23' 25" North,
0° 52' 51" West

Surface Area

250.83 km2
(96.85 mi.2 )

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