Restricted area

Please enter your user ID,
to access the collaborative space

Forgotten password ?

Retour à l'accueil - Logo ospar

FIRTH OF LORN - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

print pageexport as PDFreduce font sizeEnlarge font size
  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    FIRTH OF LORN
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2005
  • WDPA ID::
    555556994
  • WDPA PID::
    555556994
Marine Areas Network Map

General information

  • WDPA ID : 555556994
  • WDPA PID : 555556994
  • Name of MPA: FIRTH OF LORN
  • Original name of MPA: Firth of Lorn
  • 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: 209,38 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 201,04 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2005
  • OSPAR region: Celtic Seas
  • Management authority name: Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Management authority web site:

  • 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
  • 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 Data not reported
  • 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

      1170: Reefs ( )

      EUNIS habitats

      A1.1 High energy littoral rock
      A1.2 Moderate energy littoral rock
      A1.3 Low energy littoral rock
      A3.1 Atlantic and Mediterranean high energy infralittoral rock
      A3.2 Atlantic and Mediterranean moderate energy infralittoral rock
      A3.3 Atlantic and Mediterranean low energy infralittoral rock
      A4.1 Atlantic and Mediterranean high energy circalittoral rock
      A4.2 Atlantic and Mediterranean moderate energy circalittoral rock
      A4.3 Atlantic and Mediterranean low energy circalittoral rock

Uses and activities

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

Governance

  • Governing body:Data not reported
    • Structure(s) responsible for implementing management measures, the management plan and taking regulatory decisions and measures
      • National public authority: Data not reported
      • Regional or local public authority: Data not reported
      • International body : Data not reported

    Resources (staff, equipment and financial)

    • Number of permanent staff: Data not reported
    • Number of seasonal staff: Data not reported
    • Annual full-time equivalents: Data not reported
    • Number of MPA staff empowered to enforce the MPA regulations: Data not reported
    • Equipment and facilities available Data not reported
    • 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 : Conservation objectives, information on pressures and threats, and details of the habitats and species are contained within the Regulation 33 package published in 2006. Fisheries management measures were published in 2016.
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Yes
    • Comments : Firth of Lorn fisheries measures are delivered via the Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura Marine Conservation Order. The measures came into force in 2016. Firth of Lorn Marine SAC Management Plan implemented 2006.
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Low resolution condition monitoring of benthic habitats. Future monitoring programme to be determined via the development of the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy - expected to be finalised in early 2017.
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Yes
    • Comments : 2005 Latest Assessed Condition - Favourable maintained. Summary condition - Favourable
    • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:

    Regulation

    • National legal status:
      • None
    • International legal status:
      • Habitats Directive - WDPA ID = 555535933 - N2000 ID = UK0030041
    • Type of enforcement within the MPA: Data not reported
    • Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations: None

    Monitoring

    • Type of monitoring programs implemented: Data not reported

    OSPAR criteria for designation

    • Ecological significance:
      • Data not available
    • Level of importance of the biological diversity: Medium
    • Level of representativity: Very high / Outstanding
    • Level of sensitivity: Very high / Outstanding
    • Level of naturalness: High
    • 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

    back to top

      updated on 17/02/2016