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Loch Carron Emergency MPA

On Friday 19 May 2017, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, announced the designation of the Loch Carron Emergency Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area (NC MPA). The NC MPA is being designated to protect flame shell beds. This is the first time that the emergency designation powers have been used since the Marine (Scotland) Act was introduced in 2010 and the designation will take immediate effect. Marine Scotland have led this process with support from others including SNH. Conservation Objectives The aim is to recover the protected features of the Loch Carron NC MPA. Further information on the conservation objectives is available within the Designation Order.  external site

Conservation objectives

The aim is to recover the protected features of the Loch Carron NC MPA. Further information on the conservation objectives is available within the Designation Order.  external site

Protected features

Photo: A flame shell İSNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738458541 or www.snh.gov.uk

Flame shell beds.

SNH's role

SNH was asked by Marine Scotland to advise on the potential damage to a flame shell bed in outer Loch Carron. SNH and Marine Scotland Science (MSS) were also asked to undertake survey work to confirm that damage had taken place and provide more information on the extent of the flame shell beds in this area. Full details of the SNH & MSS field survey can be found in our Loch Carron fieldwork summary report.  PDF document

More information

More Information: Please see the Marine Scotland web page which includes the designation order and boundary of the Loch Carron NC MPA. For more information about Scotland's MPA network please see our main MPA webpage . If you have any queries relating to this MPA or others in territorial waters (out to 12 nautical miles), please contact Scottish Natural Heritage at mpa@snh.gov.uk.