Silver Pit

Site overview This is an amazing site which is home to a large variety of sea creatures including mussels, brittle stars, sea squirts, queen scallops, squat lobsters and pink shrimps. Many different types of fish also come here to spawn including lemon sole, sprat, whiting, cod, Dover sole, plaice and herring. These are also sources of food for puffins, common guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, fulmars and northern gannets. White-beaked dolphin, minke whale and harbour porpoise also swim through this area.

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 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° 32' 42" North,
0° 43' 49" East

Surface Area

168.10 km2
(64.91 mi.2 )


77.29 km
(48.03 mi.)

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