South-West Deeps (East)

Site overview: South-West Deeps (East) is the largest site that is currently being considered for protection in England this year. Located approximately 170km off Land’s End, South-West Deeps (East) contains a section of the continental shelf break. The depths of the waters here therefore vary greatly, as does the type of environment provided for animals to live in. This means that there is a fantastic range of wildlife here, including worms, anemones and hermit crabs. This area is also important for fish species and fisheries. A ‘corridor’ between South-West Deeps (East) and its neighbouring site (South-West Deeps (West)) was included when the boundaries of these sites were proposed in order to allow fishermen to continue using that section.
At risk
We’ve listed South-West Deeps (East) as a blue site. This is because it is not currently designated as a Marine Protected Area -“ but should be. The Government will decide in 2017 if this site should be protected

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


48° 43' 55" North,
8° 24' 27" West

Surface Area

5,800.51 km2
(2,239.59 mi.2 )


360.12 km
(223.76 mi.)

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