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Inshore MPAs/SACs

In line with EU legislation, suitable management measures must be implemented at every designated protected area in Scottish waters to conserve the protected features. The 17 inshore MPAs and 22 inshore Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) were split into two groups to allow for phased implementation of management measures. Details of the site groupings can be found in the Prioritisation Document.

2016 Consultation on Revised Small Isles Marine Conservation Order

Proposed management measures for Small Isles MPA were first subject of a public consultation from 11 November 2014 to 02 February 2015. In response to that consultation Scottish Ministers decided that management of the Small Isles MPA would be implemented through a Marine Conservation Order (MCO).   

A draft MCO was published on 11 June 2015, with representations invited by 09 August 2015. Following stakeholder feedback an updated draft MCO was published on 18 December 2015, and representations invited by 18 January 2016. After analysis of stakeholder feedback and the emergence of the site boundary issue, Scottish Ministers decided that further consideration was required before implementation.

A representation period on a new draft Small Isles MCO ran from 22 August 2016 to 16 October 2016. Full details can be found in the draft Order and map on the consultation pages.

Simple Guide to Phase 1 MPA/SAC Management

Downloadable document:

Title:Inshore MPAs/SACs
Description:Information on the MPAs/SACs in Scottish inshore waters.
File:Simple guide to phase 1 MPA/SAC management measures [PDF, 4513.6 kb: 23 Mar 2016]
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Omnibus Fisheries Order

Downloadable document:

Title:Inshore MPAs/SACs
Description:Information on the MPAs/SACs in Scottish inshore waters.
File:Omnibus Fisheries Order [PDF, 150.6 kb: 21 Dec 2015]
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The Decision Process Behind the Final Phase 1 Management Measures

The initial development of management measures for the first phase sites began with the regional stakeholder workshops in October 2014. This informed the management options that were included in the 2014 Consultation on the Management of Inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas consultation which ran from 11 November 2014 to 02 February 2015. 

After analysis of the responses received during the consultation period it was decided that four sites required further consideration and would be implemented through Marine Conservation Orders.

This representation period ran from 11 June to 09 August 2015, after which the final measures for the South Arran MPA were decided. However, changes were made to the other three sites and so a further representation period ran from 18 December 2015 to 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 in 2016.

Management for all other phase 1 sites has been implemented through Inshore Fisheries Orders. These came into effect on 08 February 2016.  

The supporting documents can be found below.

Luce Bay & Sands SAC

Downloadable documents:

Title:Inshore MPAs/SACs
Description:Information on the MPAs/SACs in Scottish inshore waters.
File:Luce Bay Inshore Fisheries Order [PDF, 1256.2 kb: 21 Dec 2015]
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File:Luce Bay BRIA [PDF, 226.4 kb: 21 Dec 2015]
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File:Luce Bay & Sands SAC - MAP [PNG, 123.0 kb: 17 Dec 2015]
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Supporting Documents

Downloadable documents:

Title:Inshore MPAs/SACs
Description:Information on the MPAs/SACs in Scottish inshore waters.
File:Luce Bay Addendum Report [PDF, 3972.7 kb: 17 Dec 2015]
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File:Economic Report [PDF, 904.0 kb: 17 Dec 2015]
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File:Modifications Report Feb 2016 [PDF, 239.4 kb: 04 Feb 2016]
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File:Modifications report December 2015 [PDF, 857.6 kb: 04 Apr 2016]
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File:Proportions of sites impacted by measures [PDF, 22.9 kb: 31 Mar 2017]
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