Braemar Pockmarks SAC
This site gets its name from the Braemar pockmarks, a series of crater-like depressions on the sea floor, two of which contain structures made by leaking gases. These provide shelter for fish including wolf-fish and cod.
MPA TypeSpecial 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 date1 August 2008
Surface Area5.18 km2 (2.00 mi.2)
Perimeter12.65 km (7.86 mi.)
Coordinates (central point)58° 59' 14" North, 1° 28' 40" East
Did you know?…
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
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
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’