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MORAY FIRTH - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    MORAY FIRTH
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2005
  • WDPA ID::
    555557091
  • WDPA PID::
    555557091
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555557091
  • WDPA PID : 555557091
  • Name of MPA: MORAY FIRTH
  • Original name of MPA: Moray Firth
  • 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: 1 513,44 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 1 510,72 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
    • Species present
      Species under status
      Class WoRMS Code Species present
      (and which justified the designation )
      Bivalvia 138802 Arctica islandica ( ) registration lists
      Mammalia 137111 Tursiops truncatus ( ) 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

      1110: Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time ( )

      EUNIS habitats

      A5.1 Sublittoral coarse sediment
      A5.2 Sublittoral sand
      A5.5 Sublittoral macrophyte-dominated sediment
      A5.6 Sublittoral biogenic reefs

      Habitats listed by the OSPAR Convention

      Modiolus modiolus 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 : 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. Management Scheme first published in October 2001 with latest revision in 2012.
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Routine monitoring of bottlenose dolphin population undertaken by Aberdeen University. Low resolution condition monitoring of benthic habitats. Future monitoring to be determined via the development of the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Yes
    • Comments : 2010 Latest Assessed Condition - Bottlenose dolphin - Favourable recovered. 2004 Latest Assessed Condition - Subtidal sandbanks - 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 = 555535893 - N2000 ID = UK0019808
    • 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: Low / not significant
    • Level of representativity: Medium
    • Level of sensitivity: Medium
    • Level of naturalness: Medium
    • Potential for restoration: Medium
    • 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