Shiant East Bank

Site overview: This site includes an area of shelf banks and mounds in the North Minch which are made 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 places 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 a Marine Protected Area, but it should be! The Scottish government must designate this area and protect the sea creatures that 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.


57° 59' 33" North,
6° 2' 54" West

Surface Area

307.90 km2
(118.88 mi.2 )

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