In order to improve the overall environmental condition in Kattegat, Denmark has designated 6 marine protected areas in order to protect the deep soft seabed (mud and sandy mud) in the Danish part of Kattegat. This habitat type is a widespread natural habitat in Kattegat and an important habitat for the ecosystems in Kattegat. It is also the home for vulnerable species such as the common sea pen (Pennatula phosphorea) and the slender sea pen (Virgularia mirabilis) as well as crustaceans such as the Haploops. The soft seabed is not currently protected in the exsisting Danish MPA-network and the designation of these MPAs will contribute to secure a coherent and representative protection in the Danish Part of Kattegat. The protection will include a ban of physical impacts from bottom trawling , extraction of raw materials and dumping of dredged material.
The protection will contribute to the objective to achieve Good Environmental Status by 2020.
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information