Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura NCMPA
This area is home to a large number of mature common skate that may also be breeding in the area. The common skate is the largest skate in the world and can reach 2.5m in length. Skates are an ancient group of fish that first appeared in fossil records about 150 million years ago. This is a rare and vulnerable giant which really needs protection.
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 Area741.27 km2 (286.20 mi.2)
Perimeter860.41 km (534.63 mi.)
Did you know?…
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’