Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem Celtic-Biscay Shelf
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names
LME SAU No 24. West coast of British Isles, Ireland and western Channel to French-Spanish boarder. LME2002, LME2006, SAU 2008. 60° N 43° N - 20° W 3° W
Location Map Celtic-Biscay_Shelf.png
Size Ref
River Length Area 762631 km2 Drainage Area
Average Depth Max Depth Ref
Surface 13.0 °C Map35.gif
100 Meters Depth 11.0 °C Map36.gif
Description Off the coasts of Ireland and the west coasts of France and Great Britain is the Celtic-Biscay shelf. At its southern limits, off the French-Spanish border, it is steep and narrow, but it widens steadily along the west coast of France, merging with the broad continental shelf surrounding Ireland and Great Britain. It is influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, and species of note in the area include the blue whiting, mackerel, and several gadid and clupeid species. General information on environmental conditions, human activities, fisheries and pollution for the Celtic-Biscay Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem can be found at OSPAR Quality Status Report (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
Ecosystem Checklist Link
FishBase Literature
Species Families Species Families Reference
320 115 35388
Comments & Corrections
Back to Search
cfm script by eagbayani, 23.12.02 ,  php script by cgarilao, 15/10/08 ,  last modified by sortiz, 06.27.17