Loch Sunart NCMPA - designation documents

Designated to protect serpulid aggregations, Loch Sunart NCMPA also safeguards an extensive flame shell bed and northern feather star aggregations.

Loch Sunart - front cover

Loch Sunart NCMPA complements an existing Special Area of Conservation. Together these designations help to protect some of Scotland’s most unique marine life.

A 2015 survey found that the loch’s small clusters of serpulids (organ pipe worms) had deteriorated significantly. This is believed to be a natural event, and we will continue to monitor the population.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Loch Sunart NCMPA

Protected features


  • flame shell beds
  • northern feather star aggregations on mixed substrata
  • serpulid aggregations

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Related Links

Loch Sunart Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

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