The Turbot Bank MPA is located off the east coast of Scotland, to the south-west of the Fladen Grounds and lies within an area of sandy sediment and includes part of the shelf bank and mound known as ‘Turbot Bank’. Turbot Bank is important for sandeels which are closely associated with sand habitats, living buried in the sand for months at a time. Sandeels are particular about where they live. The Turbot Bank MPA encompasses areas where high numbers of sandeels have been found, and includes the type of sandy sediment they prefer to bury themselves in. Sandeels play an important role in the wider North Sea ecosystem, providing a vital source of food for larger fish, seabirds and marine mammals such as dolphins. The aim is to conserve part of the Turbot Bank that has the potential to act as a source of young sandeels for surrounding areas.
The sandy seabed that makes up the Turbot Bank is home to many animals living in and on the surface. This includes sandeels and in other areas urchins, crabs and anemones can be found.
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.