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Brittlestars with horse mussels. Graham Saunders © Marine Scotland. All rights reserved. Please contact CMEU for details -

Fetlar to Haroldswick NCMPA

A mosaic of high energy seabed habitats is protected by the Fetlar to Haroldswick Nature Conservation MPA designation.

The strong tides and spectacularly clear waters of this NCMPA create perfect conditions to support a remarkably diverse array of animals and plants.

It also contains more than 200 square kilometres of important black guillemot feeding grounds.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Fetlar to Haroldswick NCMPA

Protected features


  • black guillemot
  • circalittoral sand and coarse sediment communities
  • horse mussel beds
  • kelp and seaweed communities on sublittoral sediment
  • maerl beds
  • shallow tide-swept coarse sands with burrowing bivalves

Geodiversity: marine geomorphology of the Scottish shelf seabed


Fetlar to Haroldswick Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2016

Fetlar to Haroldswick Marine Protected Area: Site summary - Where oceans meet and life flourishes

Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA boundary map

Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA: Data confidence assessment

Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA: Assessment against the MPA Selection Guidelines

Fetlar to Haroldswick MPA: Management options


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