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FIRTH OF TAY & EDEN ESTUARY - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    FIRTH OF TAY & EDEN ESTUARY
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2005
  • WDPA ID::
    555556996
  • WDPA PID::
    555556996
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555556996
  • WDPA PID : 555556996
  • Name of MPA: FIRTH OF TAY & EDEN ESTUARY
  • Original name of MPA: Firth of Tay & Eden Estuary
  • 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: 151,13 km²
  • Calculated total area: 150,85 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 145,09 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2005
  • OSPAR region: Greater North Sea
  • 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

      1130: Estuaries ( )
      1140: Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide ( )
      1110: Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time ( )

      EUNIS habitats

      Atlantic and Mediterranean high energy circalittoral rock
      Atlantic and Mediterranean moderate energy infralittoral rock
      Coastal saltmarshes and saline reedbeds
      Littoral biogenic reefs
      Littoral mud
      Littoral sand and muddy sand
      Littoral sediments dominated by aquatic angiosperms
      Low energy littoral rock
      Sublittoral biogenic reefs
      Sublittoral coarse sediment
      Sublittoral mud
      Sublittoral sand

      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: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. Updated Conservation Objectives and Advice to Support Management (new Regulation 33 package that includes conservation objectives with site specific information, pressures/threats, advice on management and information on conservation measures) in development - to be completed for March 2020. Spatial information on National Marine Plan Interactive. Draft fisheries management measures developed and expected to be consulted on in autumn/winter 2018.
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Partial
    • Comments : Licensable activities are subject to HRA which considers the likelihood of causing a threat or pressure and ensures mitigation where required. Fisheries management measures have been developed and are expected to be consulted on in autumn/winter 2018, and come in to force in 2019.
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Routine monitoring of seal population undertaken by SMRU. Low frequency condition monitoring of benthic habitats. Future monitoring programme to be determined via the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy.
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Partial
    • Comments : 2013 Latest Assessed Condition - Harbour seals - Unfavourable declining. 2002 Latest Assessed Condition - Benthic habitats - Favourable maintained. 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 = 555536193 - N2000 ID = UK0030311
    • 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: High
    • Level of sensitivity: Medium
    • Level of naturalness: Low / not significant
    • 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 Medium

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      updated on 25/01/2019