Skerries Bank and Surrounds

Site overview: This site is an inshore area on the South Devon coast. It runs along the coast from Leek Cove at Limebury Point to Torcross, and extends from the coastline out to depths of approximately 70 meters. Spiny lobsters are found in the site anywhere from the coast up to depths of 70 meters, in the bedrock and boulders. This area is also known to be an important area for flat fish to breed. The pink sea-fan, a type of coral, is found growing on rocks here. It can grow up to 80 cm high and 100 cm across. They are really very fragile and slow growing, so are particularly vulnerable as they can be easily damaged. Dive beneath the waves Seasearch, a national network of scientifically trained scuba divers, has surveyed this site on a number of occasions. They were involved in detailed surveying prior to this site being protected in order to gather information on what needed to be cared for within the site. Divers recorded seeing pink sea fans

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Marine Conservation Zone
MPA Purpose
to protect nationally important marine wildlife, habitats, geology and geomorphology


50° 11' 43" North,
3° 37' 11" West

Surface Area

249.18 km2
(96.21 mi.2 )


120.77 km
(75.04 mi.)

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