Hatton Bank

Site overview: This is a large volcanic bank, situated in the Atlantic North-West. The water depth across the bank ranges from less than 500m on the northern part of the bank, to over 1000m at the base. Iceberg ploughmarks have formed on the seabed here. Theseare a type of reef shaped by the movement of icebergs during the last ice age. Lace corals, black corals, soft corals, cup corals and gorgonian sea fans all flourish here in coral gardens, as well as a range of sponges, sea cucumbers, and anemones.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Candidate Special Area of Conservation
MPA Purpose
Sites which have been submitted to the European Commission by Government, but not yet formally adopted by the Commission, are referred to as candidate Special Areas of Conservation (cSACs).


58° 48' 23" North,
17° 35' 2" West

Surface Area

15,690.28 km2
(6,058.05 mi.2 )


970.94 km
(603.32 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)