The Mousa to Boddam MPA encompasses two discrete regions which are the most consistent and reliable sandeel recruitment areas and the preferred areas for young of the year around Shetland, even in years of low recruitment. Sandeels are an important food source for seabirds and marine mammals and are critical to many North Sea food webs, so it is no coincidence that the area around Mousa is one of the best in Shetland to see whales and dolphins.
The northern part of the MPA overlaps and builds on the Mousa Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designated for reefs, sea caves and common seal.
The current conservation objective is to conserve the protected features of this MPA.
More detail on the designation is available from the SNH website.
The final Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment for this MPA is available to view.