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Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation

The MPA overlaps with the Loch Sunart MPA to facilitate the very differing management, monitoring and surveying requirements of conserving common skate at this MPA.

The common skate is the largest skate in the world. It was once found around the entire British coastline but unsustainable levels of fishing throughout the 19th and 20th centuries have reduced the species to only the west coast of Scotland and Orkney. The common skate has been shown by angler-led and scientific studies to remain in a relatively small geographical area year round and this is one of those areas. They lay large egg-cases, are slow growing and take a long time to reach sexual maturity, therefore the rate of any recovery of the population is likely to be slow and would therefore benefit from spatial protection in addition to the existing ban on fishing vessels landing them.

The current 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.

Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA Supporting Documents

Downloadable documents:

Title:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation
Description:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation
File:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura MCO [PDF, 238.8 kb: 02 Feb 2016]
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File:Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura BRIA [PDF, 230.1 kb: 02 Feb 2016]
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File:Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura Map of measures [PNG, 3970.4 kb: 18 Dec 2015]
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Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation Order

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Title:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation
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File:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation Order [PDF, 205.5 kb: 23 Jul 2014]
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Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Summary Map

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Title:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Designation
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File:Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura Summary Map [PDF, 18753.9 kb: 22 Jul 2014]
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