Following public consultation, the Designation Order for the Small Isles MPA has been updated and can be accessed through the link below.
Home to the only known aggregation of fan mussels in UK waters, the Small Isles MPA encompasses waters around the west coast islands of Canna and Rum. The fan mussel is one of the UK’s most threatened molluscs. As well as the large aggregation of fan mussels, the central section of the Sound of Canna supports the deepest known horse mussel bed in Scotland at depths of between 160-250 m.
The Small Isles MPA overlaps the Rum, Canna and Sanday SPAs designated in part for their breeding seabirds. The large breeding colony of over 1,200 individual black guillemots present around the islands is a proposed protected feature.
The current conservation objective is to conserve the protected features of this MPA.
More detail on the designation is available from the SNH website.