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Marine region number 5 MPA number 56

MPA Name (English) Dogger Bank SAC
MPA Name (Local) Dogger Bank SAC
Current Status Existing, proposed for expansion

Country EUROPEAN UNION Transboundary MPAs
Location • Dogger Bank, North Sea, in the waters of Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and the UK
Size • Undetermined; 656 sq mi (1699 sq km) is the size of the existing SAC in German waters; the Dutch proposal is 1613 sq mi (4178 sq km)

Cetacean name
(common)
• harbor porpoise (high percentage of mother–calf groups); other cetaceans present
Cetacean name
(scientific)
• Phocoena phocoena (high percentage of mother–calf groups); other cetaceans present
Other species • sandbank feeding area for birds, fishes and marine mammals

Rationale • The German part of the Dogger Bank was designated as ‘Doggerbank’ SAC under the EU Habitats Directive in 2008 (DE1003301) and is on the OSPAR MPA list. A prime sand bank in the North Sea, an estimated 500–1000 porpoises are resident in the German portion of the Dogger Bank alone. The largest part of the area is in UK waters. The UK had an SAC proposal, but it was subsequently withdrawn. The Netherlands has an SAC proposal for ‘Doggersbank’ (NL2008001) for an area more than twice the size of Germany’s proposal. A portion is also in Danish waters. An EU-based SAC or other MPA should be jointly agreed by all. Rationale is to protect the largest sandbank in the North Sea as a feeding area for birds, fishes and marine mammals. SACs only cover bottlenose dolphins and harbor porpoises under Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive. This area includes important habitat for other cetacean species, so additional protective measures should be considered.
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