Loch Sunart NCMPA

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

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.

Download Loch Teacuis serpulid survey: March 2015

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


Loch Sunart Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

Loch Sunart Marine Protected Area: Remote and secretive sea loch

Loch Sunart MPA boundary map

Loch Sunart MPA: Data confidence assessment

Loch Sunart MPA: Assessment against the MPA Selection Guidelines

Loch Sunart MPA: Management options