North-east Lewis NCMPA

Status: Proposed

Description

Site overview

This site encompasses the north-east of the Isle of Lewis, extending from the Butt of Lewis to south of the Eye Peninsula. This site aims to protect the Risso’s dolphins and sandeels that live here along with geodiversity features associated with the Quaternary of Scotland and the marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Shelf Seabed. Hundreds of Risso’s dolphins have been spotted here, and it is thought that some may live here for the majority of the time.

At risk This site has not been designated a Marine Protected Area, but it should be! The Scottish government must designate this area and protect the sea creatures that live here. 

MPA Type

Nature 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.

Surface Area

883.49 km2 (341.12 mi.2)

Did you know?…

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

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