Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura

Site overview: 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.

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.


56° 21' 53" North,
5° 43' 37" West

Surface Area

741.26 km2
(286.20 mi.2 )

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