Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas
The Marine (Scotland)
Act and the UK Marine and Coastal
Access Act include powers for Scottish Ministers to designate
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scotland’s
seas as part of a range of measures to manage and protect
Scotland’s seas for current and future generations.
JNCC and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have
Site Selection Guidelines to identify Nature Conservation MPAs
that together with existing protected areas will form a network of
MPAs. The process will also help Scotland meet its contribution to
UK commitments under international conventions and legislation such
as the Convention on Biological
Diversity, and the OSPAR Convention for an
ecologically coherent network of MPAs.
In July 2014, 30 Nature Conservation MPAs were
designated in the seas around Scotland, of which 13 are
A short document providing an overview of changes to offshore
Nature Conservation MPAs since the public consultation is available.
Information on Nature Conservation MPAs designated in
territorial waters is available on the
information on Nature Conservation MPAs is available on the
Marine Scotland website.
For each of the Nature Conservation MPAs, JNCC
and SNH have produced:
- A site summary
document - providing a brief overview of the site
and the protected features
- A data confidence
assessment - setting out our confidence in the
presence and extent of the protected features
- A detailed assessment against the MPA
selection guidelines - detailing the application of the
five stages of the Scottish MPA Selection Guidelines
- Management options papers -
considering the management options for achieving the conservation
objectives for each of the protected features in the MPA.
Management Options Papers summaries for a number of the MPAs
are available in French, Spanish, Danish and Norwegian on
request. Please email email@example.com
Details on the process applied to select
possible Nature Conservation MPAs is available here.