East Rockall Bank SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This site is 320 km west of the Outer Hebrides, to the west of Scotland. The site runs along the eastern edge of a geological feature known as Rockall Bank, from which this site gets its name. It is around 450 km long and 200 km wide.  On the east side of the bank you can find lots of different types of sponges including lobose sponges, encrusting sponges. Lace corals also grow here.  Saddle oysters flourish here. 

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 October 2012

Surface Area

3,697.08 km2 (1,427.45 mi.2)

Perimeter

598.94 km (372.16 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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