Following public consultation, the Designation Order for the Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA has been updated and can be accessed through the link below.
The Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA is a complex MPA in the north of Shetland where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet for multiple features.
The complex mosaic of islands, open coastline, high energy waters and more sheltered bays and voes results in a wide range of habitats that support a remarkably diverse array of animals and plants, particularly maerl beds, kelp and seaweed communities, shallow tide-swept sands with burrowing bi-valves, circalittoral sand and coarse sediment communities and horse mussel beds.
The towering cliffs are also home to one of Scotland’s largest colonies of breeding black guillemots, comprising more than 2,000 individuals.
The conservation objective is to conserve the protected features of this MPA.
More detail on the designation is available from the SNH website.
The final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment for this MPA is available to view.