Category Archives: Marine Protected Areas

SNH divers assess Loch Carron flame shell bed damage

Images of bright orange, dead flame shells strewn across the seabed in Loch Carron received widespread social and mainstream media coverage recently. Recreational divers had reported that the flame shell bed – a rare and ecologically important habitat – had … Continue reading

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A world of riches above and below Scotland’s seas

 A colourful catalogue showcasing the rich biodiversity in Scotland’s seas has just been published on our website. Illustrated with photos and maps, the intriguing catalogue describes Scotland’s 81 Priority Marine Features (PMFs). PMFs are the habitats and species considered to be … Continue reading

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Sharing information about Scotland’s special seas

At almost half a million square kilometres the sea around Scotland is six times the size of our land mass and home to huge variety of internationally and nationally important wildlife. From the smallest plankton, the foundation of marine ecosystems, … Continue reading

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Islands at the edge of the world: exploring St Kilda’s sea caves

The World Heritage Site, St Kilda, lies 41 miles west of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides and is the most remote part of the British Isles. With life on the islands becoming increasingly challenging, the archipelago’s last 36 human residents … Continue reading

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Protecting Scotland’s maerl beds

The Scottish Government used an Urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) for the first time at the end of 2014, to protect a fragile ecosystem in the sea off Arran. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead made the order in response to fishing … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Priority Marine Features – serpulid reefs

Scotland’s coasts and seas are home to around 8,000 animal and plant species. Priority Marine Features (PMFs) are the  81 species and habitats that we consider to be conservation priorities in our waters. The PMF list is used to help … Continue reading

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