Small Isles Marine Protected Area (MPA) Marine Conservation Order consultation 2016

Closed 16 Oct 2016

Opened 22 Aug 2016


Proposed management measures for Small Isles MPA were first subject of a public consultation from 11 November 2014 - 02 February 2015.  In response to that consultation Scottish Ministers decided management of the Small Isles MPA would be implemented through a Marine Conservation Order (MCO).   

A draft MCO was published on 11 June 2015, with representations invited by 09 August 2015.  Following stakeholder feedback an updated draft MCO was published on 18 December 2015, and representations invited by 18 January 2016.  After analysis of stakeholder feedback  and the emergence of the site boundary issue,  Scottish Ministers decided that further consideration was required before implementation.

This new draft MCO is a refinement of the previous version.  Full details can be found in the draft Order and map below.

Please also see the associated Small Isles Designation Order consultation.


Why your views matter

This page serves as notice under section 87(6) and (7) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 that Scottish Ministers propose to make the Small Isles MPA Marine Conservation Order under section 85(1)(a), (2) and (4), 86(1) and (3) and 92(1) and (5) of said Act and all other powers enabling them to do so.

The purpose of the Order is to further the stated conservation objectives for the Small Isles MPA.

In accordance with section 87(7)(b) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, a copy of the draft Order can be downloaded or inspected at:

Scottish Government
1A South
Victoria Quay

Please email in order to make arrangements if you would like to inspect the Order in person

Representations about the draft Order must be made to the Scottish Ministers by 16 October 2016


  • Marine and Fisheries