North Channel cSAC

Status: Designated

MPA Type

Candidate 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). 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).

Designation date

1 January 2017

Surface Area

1,603.67 km2 (619.18 mi.2)

Perimeter

261.36 km (162.40 mi.)

  • Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

    The harbour porpoise is the smallest and most common cetacean recorded in UK waters. 

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’

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

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