East Rockall Bank SAC
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 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 Area3,697.08 km2 (1,427.45 mi.2)
Perimeter598.94 km (372.16 mi.)
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