Sullom Voe SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is in the Shetland Isles and is made up of large, shallow inlets and bays. Sea cucumbers live here amongst mussel beds. 

MPA Type

Special Area of Conservation

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).

Designation date

1 November 2001

Surface Area

27.01 km2 (10.43 mi.2)

Perimeter

71.36 km (44.34 mi.)

  • Lagoons (Coastal lagoons)
  • Shallow inlets and bays (Shallow inlets and bays)
  • Reefs

    Areas where the bedrock, stable boulders and cobbles or structures created by animals arise from the surrounding seabed. They attract and provide a home to a huge variety of plant and animal life.

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