Sunart supports a large number of European otters - which are listed as near threatened. The otters mainly forage in the extensive wrack and kelp beds here. There is also a large influx of freshwater from numerous streams and rivers around the site, which are important to the otters for washing. In this area there is also a Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area which aims to protect the seabed here.
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 October 1996
Surface Area102.40 km2 (39.54 mi.2)
Perimeter193.16 km (120.02 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’
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 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas