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19 May, 2019

SNH welcomes Loch Carron MPA designation

Sunday, May 19, marks the designation of Loch Carron as a permanent Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Welcoming the news, Katie Gillham, Head of Marine Ecosystems at SNH, said: “We’re delighted that the Loch Carron MPA is now designated on a permanent basis.

“Loch Carron is home to the world’s largest known flame shell bed - containing a quarter of a billion of the fiery orange shellfish – as well as spectacular living maerl beds.

“Not only are they outstandingly beautiful, but these vitally important marine ecosystems also provide us with many benefits, from locking in carbon to providing important nursery areas for other species.

“The west coast of Scotland is of international importance for these precious seabed habitats and this designation ensures that they will continue to be protected and allowed to recover.”


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