On 11 June 2015 four draft Marine Conservation Orders were published. Representations were invited by 09 August 2015.
After careful consideration the South Arran MCO was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 18 December 2015 to take effect on 08 February 2016. Alongside this, the Omnibus Fisheries Order, and the Luce Bay Fisheries Order were laid at the same time.
New draft MCOs were published on 18 December 2015 for three of the sites:
- Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA (including Firth of Lorn SAC but not Loch Sunart MPA/SAC)
- Small Isles MPA
- Wester Ross MPA
Further representations were invited by 18 January 2016.
After careful consideration the Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MCO and the Wester Ross MCO were laid in the Scottish Parliament on 04 February 2016 to take effect on 23 March 2016. A new draft MCO for the Small Isles MPA will be brought forward later this year.
All supporting documents are available to download below: