Proposal to designate two Historic Marine Protected Areas

Closes 27 Nov 2019

Opened 30 Oct 2019


The Scottish Government's vision for the marine environment is of clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people.

Earlier this year Historic Environment Scotland undertook a consultation on these proposals and have provided their final advice.  They recommend that both sites are designated as Historic Marine Protected Areas.  If taken forward to designation, the sites would be designated using the powers under s67 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. Historic Marine Protected Areas are designated for the purpose of preserving ‘marine historic assets’ of national importance.

Why We Are Consulting

Thank you for taking the time to consider this consultation paper. We would welcome your views on the potential creation of two Historic Marine Protected Areas, as part of the Scottish Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. This consultation fulfils a commitment in the 2019-20 Programme for Government to take forward two Historic MPAs to designation. 

Read the consultation paper. 

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