Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas

Explore the 17 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas designated in Scotland’s territorial waters in 2014.

In order to strengthen the MPA network, Scottish Ministers designated a suite of 30 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) in July 2014. – 17 of which are in Scottish territorial waters.

Our interactive map below shows the 17 NCMPAs designated within 12 nautical miles of Scotland’s coast.

Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas

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:


Common skate; black guillimot; 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.