Sullom Voe SAC

Status: Designated


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)


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.

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