Scotland’s seas are home to a wide range of incredible marine life that must be protected.

Right now, the Scottish Government is holding a consultation on the designation of four new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). These areas have been selected to protect a range of important features, from large mobile species such as basking sharks and minke whales, to thriving habitats including northern seafan and sponge communities.

Show your support for the designation of four new Marine Protected Areas in Scotland’s seas.

This consultation has now closed. We expect a decision to be announced later in 2019.


Did you know

The Sea of the Hebrides
is a globally important
hotspot for basking sharks


Find out more about the proposed MPAs

Click on the links below to read Scottish Natural Heritage’s summary leaflets about each of the four sites:


Did you know

Minke whales are the
most commonly sighted
whales in Scottish waters


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