Site overview This site is 12.7km squared, and is an important area for a type of silvery green fish called smelt. Smelt are shoaling fish, distantly related to the salmon. They live in the salty water of estuaries and around the mouths of rivers. During May to August the smelt come upriver to spawn in fresh water. Smelt populations are in decline due to pollution and overfishing. Some of their spawning grounds, have been destroyed by silting or construction. Sadly most of the recorded populations in Scotland are now extinct, as are a third of those from estuaries in England and Wales. So it is vital that these important areas are protected.
At risk: This site isn’t yet designated as a Marine Conservation Zone, but it should be. It is important that this site gets the protection it needs ÔÇô we will be calling on the government to ensure that this site is included in the next round of designations.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


53° 43' 27" North,
2° 54' 50" West

Surface Area

15.13 km2
(5.84 mi.2 )


338.25 km
(210.18 mi.)

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