Papa Westray NCMPA
Each year more than 500 breeding black guillemots forage in the shallow coastal waters here, around the islands of Papa Westray and the Holm of Papa Westray.
MPA TypeNature Conservation Marine Protected Area
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) are designated under UK legislation (Marine Scotland Act 2010) and have been established around Scotland to contribute to the UK MPA network by protecting a range of important habitats, species and features of the seabed.
Designation date24 July 2014
Surface Area33.31 km2 (12.86 mi.2)
Perimeter43.20 km (26.84 mi.)
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