Shiant East Bank NCMPA

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

This site includes an area of shelf banks and mounds in the North Minch that are shaped by strong currents moving the sediments here. The bank is important for animals which live in sandy environments such as worms, bivalve molluscs and mobile crustaceans. Larger fish come here to feed on these smaller animals. Sea fans and sponges live on the rocky seabed within the site. The north of this site includes an important geological feature, the Quaternary of Scotland, which has been made by repeated glacial formations over at least the last 500,000 years.

At risk This site has not been designated as a Marine Protected Area, but it should be! The Scottish government must designate this area and protect the wildlife that lives here.

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.

Surface Area

307.90 km2 (118.88 mi.2)

Did you know?…

Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers

Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers