New Designations in the Sound of Mull

‘On 1 November 2013, the wrecks of the Dartmouth and Swan (Duart Point), and the wreck off Mingary Castle were designated as Historic Marine Protected Areas. This new designation replaces previous legislation (the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973) in Scotland and means that a visitor license is now not required to dive these important historic wrecks. Historic Scotland’ advice to divers is as follows:
“Feel free to take photographs or video during visits, but do not recover artefacts, damage or disturb the wrecks in any way. Also, please do not displace sediments or remove weed as this is helping to maintain the stability of the wreck sites. Any shot lines to aid diver access to the site should be carefully placed and not used as mooring lines for a dive vessel. Maintaining good buoyancy control also helps to minimise impacts to the wrecks.  Anyone diving within the protected area is encouraged to provide a brief report about their visit to Historic Scotland, to assist in monitoring this important wreck. Should you wish to learn more about these wreck sites, the Lochaline Dive Centre offers educational tours for divers and there is an exhibition for the Swan in Duart Castle.”More information about Historic Marine Protected Areas is available from Historic Scotland’s website


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