Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh

Site overview: Norway lobsters call this area home as do seapens, also firework anemones have been recorded in large numbers. This site also contains the most significant population of flame shells recorded in Scotland (and possibly the world), and is the only known loch where wild fan mussels have been recorded. There is also a Special Area of Conservation here, a type of Marine Protected Area, which protects the reefs found in this site.
At risk: It is important that fishing pressure from heavy bottom towed gear should be removed, not just reduced, from the most sensitive burrowed mud areas, particularly for fireworks anemones. The fan mussels here also need to be given the opportunity to recover, which can only happen if damaging activities are prevented.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area
MPA Purpose
This complements the MPA power introduced through the Marine and Coastal Access Act for offshore waters around Scotland. The Act also allows the Scottish Ministers to designate MPAs for demonstration and research and for historic/cultural conservation.


57° 15' 46" North,
5° 34' 59" West

Surface Area

36.97 km2
(14.27 mi.2 )

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