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Scottish Marine Protected Areas - WMS layer 2022


This resource relates to a Web Map Service (WMS) layer showing Marine Protected Area boundaries in Scottish waters. It was last updated in January 2022. JNCC has compiled this dataset using data from JNCC, NatureScot and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.

Scottish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are designated under the Marine (Scotland) Act and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act. They are part of a range of measures to manage and protect Scotland’s seas for current and future generations.

The layer is available to view on the JNCC MPA mapper and can also be accessed via our WMS:

The Scottish MPA boundaries are available to download from:

Resource type Service

Topic category Boundaries

Reference date 2022·03·04

Update history: 04/03/2022: Update to Red Rocks and Longay MPA to incorporate the extension to the site. 19/01/2022: Corrected the legislation field for the inshore MPAs to reference the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 03/11/2021: Update to 'Agency' field for North-West Orkney which had ben incorrectly assigned as just JNCC rather than JNCC and NatureScot 11/03/2021: Addition of Red Rocks and Longay MPA 25/09/2020: Addition of West of Scotland MPA and removal of Rosemary Bank Seamount Nature Conservation MPA. 24/07/2017: Boundary for Loch Carron Nature Conservation MPA added

Responsible organisation
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC pointOfContact

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Re-use of the data is subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0 including attribution of the relevant copyright holders. The site boundaries include sections of UK Exclusive Economic Zone © Crown copyright. The exact limits of the EEZ are set out in The Exclusive Economic Zone Order 2013. If you re-use this information you must acknowledge the source in your product or application by including or linking to the following attribution statement: Contains Joint Nature Conservation Committee data © copyright and database right [2020]. Contains NatureScot Data © copyright and database right [2020]. Contains UK Hydrographic Office data © copyright and database right [2020].

Metadata date 2022·03·29

Metadata point of contact
Digital and Data Solutions, JNCC

Temporal extent 2014·07·23 2021·12·16

Spatial extent
North 63.887067
South 55
East 1.847869
West -16.648001
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