Pisces Reef Complex SAC
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 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 2012
Surface Area8.74 km2 (3.37 mi.2)
Perimeter19.58 km (12.17 mi.)
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