Southern Trench NCMPA

Status: Proposed


Site overview

This site is shaped around the Southern Trench, a large undersea valley consisting of an area of deep water along the south of the outer Moray Firth. The Southern Trench is a great example of an enclosed glacial seabed basin. This proposed site overlaps the marine part of the Troup, Pennan and Lion’s Heads Special Protection Area, which is another type of marine protected area. Large numbers of juvenile fish have been recorded within the deep waters here and it is thought that this is an important nursery area. Whales and dolphins have also been recorded here.

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 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

2,489.17 km2 (961.07 mi.2)

Did you know?…

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns

Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas