West Shetland Shelf

Site overview: This site is located in the north of Scotland in offshore waters and overlaps with the Windsock Fisheries Area which is managed for the recovery of cod. There is lots of sand and gravel here which provides a valuable home to sea creatures. Anemones and several types of crab live between the small rocks, whilst urchins and starfish roam the sandy areas. Several species of fish, including cod, plaice, bass, skate and rays also live here.

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.


59° 32' 34" North,
4° 55' 5" West

Surface Area

4,085.96 km2
(1,577.60 mi.2 )

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