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2014 Consultation on the Management of Inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas Overview

Published: 11 Nov 2014
Part of:
Marine and fisheries
ISBN:
9781784128920

2014 Consultation on the Management of Inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas Overview document.

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39 page PDF

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Contents
2014 Consultation on the Management of Inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas Overview
Protected Area P - Upper Loch Fyne & Loch Goil MPA

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Protected Area P - Upper Loch Fyne & Loch Goil MPA

Upper Loch Fyne and Loch Goil is a productive multi-feature MPA for seabed habitats, including flame shell beds which have a recover conservation objective.

The quiet waters of these sea lochs are the ideal environment for a range of muddy seabed habitats to develop. Loch Shira is home to spectacular fireworks anemones that seem to explode from the mud. At Castleton there is a flame shell bed which helps stabilise the underlying sediment creating a habitat for a wide range of other plants and animals that would otherwise not be able to survive in the area.

Large aggregations of brightly coloured sea cucumbers are scattered in mixed muddy sediments at the entrance to the mouth of Loch Goil, alongside clumps of horse mussels and sea squirts as well as slender seapens and tube dwelling sea anemones that snap quickly back into their tubes if disturbed.

Summary of the approaches to management

There are 2 approaches for the recovery of the flame shell bed, and 2 approaches for the rest of the habitats. The use of suction dredges (boat or diver operated) would be prohibited throughout the MPA. The capacity of vessels able to fish in the MPA would be restricted to 75 Gross Registered Tonnage ( GRT).

The difference between the 2 approaches for the flame shell beds is the spatial extent to which all fishing activities would be restricted.

For the rest of the habitats the 2 approaches would achieve the same outcomes in a different way. This 1 st of these would prohibit the use of demersal trawls, or mechanical dredges, on a zonal basis. The 2 nd approach would create designated fishing areas for the use of demersal trawls or mechanical dredges.

Further information

See the Protected Area P section in the following documents;

Approaches
Maps
Pictures

See questions 38 - 42


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