Pisces Reef Complex SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is in the western Irish Sea, in the north-west mud basin. It is approximately midway between the Isle of Man and the coast of Northern Ireland. This is a really muddy area, although boulders and rocks do manage to stick through the mud and can get to 35m in height. These areas support a huge variety of burrowing animals, sponges and fish.

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 August 2012

Surface Area

8.74 km2 (3.37 mi.2)

Perimeter

19.58 km (12.17 mi.)

  • 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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