Braemar Pockmarks

Site overview: 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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
areas which have been identified as best representing the range and variety within the European Union of habitats and (non-bird) species listed on Annexes I and II to the Directive


58° 59' 12" North,
1° 28' 34" East

Surface Area

5.18 km2
(2.00 mi.2 )


12.65 km
(7.86 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Submarine structures made by leaking gases
  • Submarine structures made by leaking gases (Annex I habitat)