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DORNOCH FIRTH AND MORRICH MORE - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    DORNOCH FIRTH AND MORRICH MORE
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2005
  • WDPA ID::
    555556972
  • WDPA PID::
    555556972
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555556972
  • WDPA PID : 555556972
  • Name of MPA: DORNOCH FIRTH AND MORRICH MORE
  • Original name of MPA: Dornoch Firth and Morrich More
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Designation in national language: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation in English: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation type: international
  • IUCN Category: Not applicable
  • Reported marine area: 69,72 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 63,50 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2005
  • OSPAR region: Greater North Sea
  • Management authority name: Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Management authority web site: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/marine-environment

  • OSPAR conservation objectives/aims:
    • Protect, conserve and restore species, habitats and ecological processes which have been adversely affected by human activities
    • Prevent degradation of, and damage to, species, habitats and ecological processes, following the precautionary principle
    • Protect and conserve areas that best represent the range of species, habitats and ecological processes in the maritime area
  • Site conservation objectives/aims:
    • To maintain, conserve or restore biodiversity, natural heritage, habitats, species or landscapes with legal protection status
    • To maintain key ecological functions (spawning areas, nursery grounds, feeding zones, resting areas, areas of high productivity, etc.)
  • Additional conservation objectives/aims:
    • Data not reported

Marine species and habitats

Warning : Non-exhaustive list of species and habitats with statuses, provided by the manager.

  • Inventory of marine species present with protection status
    • Species present
      Species under status
      Class WoRMS Code Species present
      (and which justified the designation )
      Mammalia 137076 Lutra lutra ( ) registration lists
        137084 Phoca vitulina ( ) registration lists
  • Inventory of marine habitats present with protection status
    • Present habitats (and which justified the designation )
      Espèces sous statut

      Habitats listed in Annex I to the 'Habitats' directive

      1330: Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae) ( )
      1130: Estuaries ( )
      1140: Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide ( )
      1170: Reefs ( )
      1310: Salicornia and other annuals colonizing mud and sand ( )
      1110: Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time ( )

      EUNIS habitats

      A1.1 High energy littoral rock
      A1.3 Low energy littoral rock
      A2.1 Littoral coarse sediment
      A2.2 Littoral sand and muddy sand
      A2.3 Littoral mud
      A2.4 Littoral mixed sediments
      A2.5 Coastal saltmarshes and saline reedbeds
      A2.6 Littoral sediments dominated by aquatic angiosperms
      A2.7 Littoral biogenic reefs
      A3.3 Atlantic and Mediterranean low energy infralittoral rock
      A4.3 Atlantic and Mediterranean low energy circalittoral rock
      A5.1 Sublittoral coarse sediment
      A5.2 Sublittoral sand
      A5.3 Sublittoral mud
      A5.4 Sublittoral mixed sediments
      A5.5 Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated sediment
      A5.6 Sublittoral biogenic reefs

      Habitats listed by the OSPAR Convention

      Intertidal mudflats ( )
      Intertidal Mytilus edulis beds on mixed and sandy sediments ( )
      Zostera beds ( )

Uses and activities

  • Human activities currently known to be occurring within the site:

Governance

  • Governing body:No
    • Structure(s) responsible for implementing management measures, the management plan and taking regulatory decisions and measures
      • National public authority: Yes (Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage)
      • Regional or local public authority: No
      • International body : No

    Resources (staff, equipment and financial)

    • Number of permanent staff: 0
    • Number of seasonal staff: 0
    • Annual full-time equivalents: 0
    • Number of MPA staff empowered to enforce the MPA regulations: 0
    • Equipment and facilities available
      • Diving equipment
      • Boats (Total number of boats that are used to monitor or enforce the MPA: 5)
      • GIS
    • Average total annual budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual operating budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual equipment budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Average annual external support budget over the last 5 years: Data not reported euros
    • Funding sources: Data not reported

    Management plan

    • Is the MPA management documented? Yes
    • Comments : Regulation 33 package published in 2006. Draft fisheries management measures developed in 2015 and expected to be consulted on in autumn 2016.
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Partial
    • Comments : Fisheries management measures will be consulted on in autumn 2016 and are due to be brought into force in 2017.
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Routine monitoring of seal population undertaken by SMRU. Low resolution condition monitoring of benthic habitats. Future monitoring programme to be determined via the development of the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy.
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Partial
    • Comments : 2013 Harbour seals - Unfavourable declining. 1996 Latest Assessed Condition - Benthic habitats - Favourable maintained. Benthic survey work undertaken in 2004. Summary condition - Unfavourable (harbour seals) & Favourable (benthic habitats)
    • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:

    Regulation

    • National legal status:
      • None
    • International legal status:
      • Habitats Directive - WDPA ID = 555535891 - N2000 ID = UK0019806
    • Type of enforcement within the MPA:
      • Fisheries control
    • Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations:
    Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations.
     Regulated Frequency not defined
      Mooring, anchoring

    Monitoring

    • Type of monitoring programs implemented:
      • Regular monitoring programme concerning species
        Species under status
        Class WoRMS Code Species regularly monitored (Entity responsible for monitoring)
        Mammalia Phoca vitulina (Other authority/organisation)
      • Occasional monitoring programme concerning species
        Species under status
        Class WoRMS Code Species regularly monitored (Entity responsible for monitoring)
        Mammalia Lutra lutra (Other authority/organisation)
      • Occasional monitoring programme concerning habitats
        Espèces sous statut

        Habitats regularly monitored (Entity responsible for monitoring)

        1330: Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae) (Other authority/organisation)
        1130: Estuaries (Other authority/organisation)
        Intertidal mudflats (Other authority/organisation)
        Intertidal Mytilus edulis beds on mixed and sandy sediments (Other authority/organisation)
        1140: Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide (Other authority/organisation)
        1170: Reefs (Other authority/organisation)
        1110: Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time (Other authority/organisation)
        Zostera beds (Other authority/organisation)
      • Occasional monitoring program for environmental and/or biodiversity features

    OSPAR criteria for designation

    • Ecological significance:
      • Important feeding, breeding, moulting, wintering or resting area
    • Level of importance of the biological diversity: Medium
    • Level of representativity: High
    • Level of sensitivity: High
    • Level of naturalness: Medium
    • Potential for restoration: Low / not significant
    • Degree of MPA acceptance by stakeholders: Medium
    • Potential for success of management measures: High
    • Potential future damage to the area by human activities: Low / not significant
    • Scientific value High

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      updated on 17/02/2016