Pobie Bank Reef SAC
This is a stony reef that provides a home to lots of sponges and bryozoans, which are found throughout the site. In the shallowest areas, the bedrock and boulders support encrusting algae, and cup sponges In the deepest areas, below 100m. The bedrock is home to sponges, cup corals and brittlestars.
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 October 2012
Surface Area965.99 km2 (372.97 mi.2)
Perimeter190.87 km (118.60 mi.)
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 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
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