Marine Protected Area (MPA) network

What is it: 

On 24 July 2014 Scottish ministers designated 30 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for Scottish waters. Marine Scotland has received advice from SNH on a further 4 MPA proposals (MPA proposals for remaining Nature Conservation MPAs - December 2014) that will be considered in 2015. The 'Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Area' was designated in 2016. Historic information concerning the MPA Network is also shown.

  1. Candidate SACs (cSACs) are sites that have been submitted to the European Commission, but not yet formally adopted.
  2. Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) are sites that have been adopted by the European Commission but not yet formally designated by the government of each country.
  3. Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are sites that have been adopted by the European Commission and formally designated by the government of each country in whose territory the site lies

Data for these were provided by SNH, JNCC or Marine Scotland.

Data of Data: 2014 (October 2016 update for D&R MPA).

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This information page is part of the theme: 
MPA network (MPAs SACs SPAs SSSIs) development in Scottish waters (1990-2016) (animation) © Marine Scotland

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