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NORTH CAITHNESS CLIFFS - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    United Kingdom
  • Name of MPA:
    NORTH CAITHNESS CLIFFS
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
    Designated
  • Status year:
    2011
  • WDPA ID::
    555557104
  • WDPA PID::
    555557104
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General information

  • WDPA ID : 555557104
  • WDPA PID : 555557104
  • Name of MPA: NORTH CAITHNESS CLIFFS
  • Original name of MPA: North Caithness Cliffs
  • 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: 141,05 km²
  • Calculated total area: 140,70 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 140,66 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2011
  • 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
    • 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 )
      Aves 137128 Alca torda ( ) registration lists
        137131 Fratercula arctica ( ) registration lists
        137133 Uria aalge ( ) registration lists
        137156 Rissa tridactyla ( ) registration lists
        137195 Fulmarus glacialis ( ) registration lists
  • Inventory of marine habitats present with protection status Data not reported

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? Partial
    • Comments : Extensions to existing breeding seabird colony SPAs (JNCC Report 329). Management objectives for the adjacent breeding seabird colony SSSI(s) were assessed against the requirements of the EU Directives to avoid disturbance of the designated species.
    • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? Partial
    • Comments : Existing development control measures, including HRA, for licensable activities. Not all unregulated activities have been assessed and/or addressed
    • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? Partial
    • Comments : Populations of breeding seabird features of the adjacent colony SPA periodically monitored by SNH
    • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Yes
    • Comments : Fulmar - 2016 - Favourable Maintained, Guillemot - 2016 - Favourable Maintained, Puffin - 2016 - Favourable Maintained, Razorbill - 2016 - Favourable Recovered.
    • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:

    Regulation

    • National legal status:
      • None
    • International legal status:
      • Birds Directive - WDPA ID = 555541642 - N2000 ID = UK9001181
    • 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:
      • Important feeding, breeding, moulting, wintering or resting area
    • Level of importance of the biological diversity: Data not available
    • 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: Medium
    • Potential future damage to the area by human activities: Medium
    • Scientific value Medium

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      updated on 25/01/2019