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LUCE BAY AND SANDS - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    LUCE BAY AND SANDS
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2005
  • WDPA ID::
    555557073
  • WDPA PID::
    555557073
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555557073
  • WDPA PID : 555557073
  • Name of MPA: LUCE BAY AND SANDS
  • Original name of MPA: Luce Bay and Sands
  • 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: 479,29 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 469,17 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
    • Species present
      Species under status
      Class WoRMS Code Species present
      (and which justified the designation )
      Bivalvia 138802 Arctica islandica ( ) 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

      1160: Large shallow inlets and bays ( )
      1140: Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide ( )
      1170: Reefs ( )
      1110: Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time ( )

      EUNIS habitats

      A1.1 High energy littoral rock
      A1.2 Moderate energy littoral rock
      A1.3 Low energy littoral rock
      A2.1 Littoral coarse sediment
      A2.2 Littoral sand and muddy sand
      A2.7 Littoral biogenic reefs
      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
      A5.1 Sublittoral coarse sediment
      A5.2 Sublittoral sand
      A5.3 Sublittoral mud
      A5.4 Sublittoral mixed sediments
      A5.5 Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated sediment

      Habitats listed by the OSPAR Convention

      Intertidal Mytilus edulis beds on mixed and sandy sediments ( )
      Maerl 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. Fisheries management measures were published in 2016.
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Yes
    • Comments : The Inshore Fishing (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Luce Bay) Order - came into force 2015
    • 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? Partial
    • Comments : Condition of marine features not formally assessed yet. Survey work undertaken in 2007 and subsequently in 2012 & 2013. New fisheries management measures introduced in 2015 & 2016.
    • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:

    Regulation

    • National legal status:
      • None
    • International legal status:
      • Habitats Directive - WDPA ID = 555535764 - N2000 ID = UK0013039
    • 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: 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 Medium

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      updated on 17/02/2016