Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area
United Kingdom: Scotland
Turbot Bank MPA is located off the east coast of Scotland and lies within an area of sandy sediment, including part of the shelf bank and mound feature 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. The Turbot Bank MPA encompasses areas where high numbers of sandeels have been found. Sandeels play an important role in the wider North Sea ecosystem, providing a vital source of food for larger fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Turbot Bank has the potential to act as a source of young sandeels for maintaining and restocking surrounding areas.
Site options in the network
Together, Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain and Turbot Bank NCMPAs provide an alternative network option for the features in the Firth of Forth Banks Complex NCMPA.