Skip to Content

Resource hub

East of Gannet and Montrose Fields MPA Monitoring Report 2015 2020

Marine JNCC Publications Offshore Seabed Survey 2634-2081 Marine protected area JNCC-MSS JNCC-MSS 1 East of Gannet and Montrose Fields NCMPA


JNCC has prepared this report to provide information to enable the Scottish Government to fulfil its obligations in relation to Marine Protected Area (MPA) assessment and reporting. Such reporting is a requirement to help ensure the UK meets its objectives and aims.

The East of Gannet and Montrose Fields Nature Conservation MPA is located to the east of Scotland and designated for the protection of three Priority Marine Features (PMFs): ocean quahog aggregations, offshore subtidal sands and gravels (representing sediment types suitable for ocean quahog colonisation), and offshore deep-sea muds. JNCC and Marine Scotland Science completed a survey in November 2015 (1515S) to collect evidence to characterise the site and develop the first point in a monitoring time-series for the site.

Please Note: Version 2 (April 2021): This report has been revised to amend an error in Table 4 (section 3.1.2), where the detailed EUNIS codes text for Sample type Stills (n = 622) / Broadscale Habitat (EUNIS Code) A5.3 Sublittoral mud (609), now reads ‘A5.354 Virgularia mirabilis and Ophiura spp. with Pecten maximus on circalittoral sandy or shelly mud’.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·04·01

McCabe, C., McBreen, F. & O’Connor, J. 2020. East of Gannet and Montrose Fields MPA Monitoring Report 2015 (Version 2). JNCC/MSS Partnership Report No. 1, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 2634-2081.

Offshore seabed survey 1515S, to the East of Gannet and Montrose Fields and the Norwegian Boundary Sediment Plain Nature Conservation MPAs, was undertaken by JNCC and Marine Scotland Science (MSS) in November 2015.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2021·04·28

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

Back to top