The Scottish Government’s MPA proposal for this site has been delayed. Formal advice was provided in 2014 by SNH for the designation of this MPA, along with Shiant East Bank MPA proposal, North-east Lewis MPA proposal and Southern Trench MPA proposal. A consultation for the designation of these four MPAs is expected later this year.
Save Scottish Seas campaign members urge the Scottish Government to commit to extending the MPA network to properly protect vulnerable species and nationally important populations currently excluded from Scotland’s MPA network.
The Sea of Hebrides is a proposed MPA for the protection of iconic mobile species, the basking shark and minke whale, as well as oceanic fronts. Recent studies have demonstrated the global significance of the Sea of Hebrides for basking shark.
Check out our news-blog to find out more about why the designation of this MPA is urgently needed.