East Rockall Bank

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.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Site of Community Importance
MPA Purpose
Sites which have been adopted by the EC, but not yet formally designated by governments of Member States are known as Sites of Community Importance (SCIs)


57° 39' 40" North,
13° 25' 39" West

Surface Area

3,697.32 km2
(1,427.54 mi.2 )


597.93 km
(371.54 mi.)

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Reefs
  • Reefs (Annex I habitat)