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Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas

Explore the 18 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas designated in Scotland’s territorial waters.

In order to strengthen the MPA network, Scottish Ministers designated a suite of 30 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) – 18 of which are in Scottish territorial waters.

Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas

Our interactive map shows the 18 NCMPAs designated within 12 nautical miles of Scotland’s coast.

You can find out about the 13 offshore NCMPAs created in 2014 on the Joint Nature Conservation Committee website.

Discover some of the amazing plants and animals that the network protects. Watch our video about Scotland’s MPA network:

Scotland’s MPA network


Common skate; black guillemot; deep-sea sponges; ancient maerl beds and one of the oldest living creatures on Earth! This video explores some of the amazing plants, animals and habitats that are protected through Scotland's MPA network.

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