Proposed new Marine Protected Areas Consultation | Drop in sessions

Proposed new Marine Protected Areas Consultation | Drop in sessions

Two orcas swimming near the Hebrides
Tuesday 16 July 2019 - 09:00 to Wednesday 31 July 2019 - 16:00

Multiple Venues

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage and Marine Scotland are holding a series of drop in sessions to support their consultation on four proposed new Marine Conservation Areas in Scotland.

The Scottish Government's vision is for a marine environment that is clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people.

Scotland’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network is being developed to help safeguard our most important natural and cultural heritage features on the principle of sustainable use. By doing so they are protecting the natural goods and services they provide for current and future generations to enjoy.

They would welcome your views on the addition of four possible MPAs to the Scottish MPA network. The sites under consultation are;

  • North-east Lewis
  • Sea of the Hebrides
  • Shiant East Bank
  • Southern Trench

The proposed protected features of these sites include basking shark, minke whale, Risso's dolphin, as well as seabed habitats and geological features.

Whales and dolphins, collectively known as cetaceans, as well as basking sharks are protected wherever they occur throughout Scottish waters. The four possible MPAs would offer additional levels of protection to locations important for the various life stages of these species.

Supporting Information

For full details of the sites and proposals, and the assessments undertaken, please refer to the following links and documents at the bottom of this page.

Scottish Natural Heritage - Advice on the possible MPAs

Marine Scotland - Further information on the possible MPAs

Follow the link below for more details on the various consultation drop in events.