Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh Reefs SAC
This is an important area for sheltered reefs, with a range of sea anemones, sponges, ascidians and brittlestars. This site is also home to horse mussel beds. There is also another Marine Protected Area here too, which protects the mussel beds.
MPA TypeSpecial Area of Conservation
Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).
Designation date1 June 1999
Surface Area23.74 km2 (9.17 mi.2)
Perimeter120.89 km (75.12 mi.)
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 of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers