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Rosemary Bank Seamount Designation

The Rosemary Bank Seamount MPA is located to the north-east of the Rockall Trough, in the deep waters off western Scotland. An extinct volcano, Rosemary Bank towers over 1,000 metres above the seafloor and is one of three seamounts present in Scotland’s seas. The seamount is a hotspot for sea life and significant to the health of Scotland’s seas because of the way it influences underwater currents that bring valuable nutrients to the region, as well as providing nursery and foraging areas for several types of fish.

Rising up from the surrounding flat seabed, the Rosemary Bank Seamount is an imposing extinct volcano that now provides a hard surface on which sea life abounds. The size and shape of the seamount influences underwater currents, which bring a plentiful supply of food to the area. The conditions enable the establishment of seamount communities, which include deep-sea sponge aggregations and cold water corals. Deep-water fish also live here, including orange roughy and blue ling. The migratory route of larger animals such as sperm and pilot whales passes the area, attracted by the high levels of productivity.

The current conservation objective is to conserve the protected features of this MPA.

More detail on the designation is available from the JNCC website.

The final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment for this MPA is available to view.

Rosemary Bank Seamount Designation Order

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Title:Rosemary Bank Seamount Designation
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File:Rosemary Bank Seamount Designation Order [PDF, 120.1 kb: 04 Aug 2014]
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Rosemary Bank Seamount Summary Map

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Title:Rosemary Bank Seamount Designation
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