Marine Protection

Looking after what lies beneath

Being an island Carna is surrounded by the sea, so it’s in our best interests to play a role in ensuring what lurks within and beneath the water is understood and looked after for the long term. The coastal waters around the island have recently been designated as Loch Sunart Marine Protected Area (MPA) to benefit the precious marine habitats found within it and its iconic sea life. We will work with others in the community at all levels and interests to make sure we collectively use the sea in a way that is sustainable both for the marine life and the people who depend on it.

But we will also do everything we can on the Isle of Carna itself to benefit our aquatic wildlife and reduce the human impact as much as possible. This will involve:

  • Creating riparian buffer strips around the islands watercourses to protect them and provide a corridor for the otters and other species they support.
  • Reducing diffuse pollution from the island by creating natural reed beds
  • Undertaking annual shoreline clean ups for tidal debris
  • Creating new wildlife ponds to support a variety of aquatic and bird species.
  • Monitoring the new Loch Sunart Marine Protected Area (MPA) with other stakeholders.

Want to aid our marine conservation? Your donations would help massively with our efforts and be very gratefully received. Any donation over £20 will receive a personalised certificate.

You can also help out directly by joining us on a Conservation Experience Week on the island. Here you can get hands on in beach clean ups and other conservation measure and learn new skills on the way.