|The Sound of Arisaig marine Special Area
of Conservation (mSAC) is one of a network of areas designated
to conserve natural habitats and species of wildlife which
are rare, endangered or valuable in the European Community
under the "Natura 2000" scheme.
An astonishing assortment
of plants and animals live on the seabed sediments,
including extensive banks of mearl.
These are formed from the brittle twiggy growths of
calcareous red seaweed and are of international conservation
importance as they contain distinctive communities of
rare seaweeds and animals
The mSAC lies between the Ardnish and
Ardnamurchan peninsulas on the West Coast of the Highlands
The area is cupped within a rugged coastline deeply
indented by sheltered sea lochs.