Submerged and partly submerged sea caves

Candidate SACs for caves: St.Kilda, Thanet Coast, Flamborough Head, Papa Stour, Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast, Rathlin Island.

Caves are generally unsuitable areas for fishing and are therefore unlikely to be damaged or deteriorate as a result of fishing activity. There may however be some potential for effects on species using these areas. Grey seals haul out in intertidal caves and use these sites for pupping. Disturbance is likely to be the main threat to them in these situations. No references were found on the effects of fishing activity on this habitat.

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