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Nephrops (Langoustine) to be protected

Jan 21st, 2009 | By ssacn | Category: Scottish Executive News

A new vision for the conservation of thousands of Scotland’s animal species has been set out; Invertebrates, such as insects and shellfish, make up around 98 per cent of Scotland’s animal species and a new strategy will aim to ensure they are valued and conserved for the future.

Minister for Environment Michael Russell said:

“Invertebrates are the unsung heroes of the animal kingdom. From bugs, to shellfish, to the humble bumblebee, many species which we may often dismiss as not being important or even cute enough to protect have a vital role to play in Scottish biodiversity and many are under threat.

“Langoustine (Norway lobster or Scampi), a marine invertebrate, contributed £89.3 million to the Scottish economy in 2007, more than the combined value of cod, haddock and monkfish catches, clearly demonstrating that this is a species that must be treated with the utmost importance. “

Invertebrates (animals without backbones) play a key role in a healthy environment and economy, but are currently in jeopardy from habitat destruction, over-exploitation, pollution and other threats; much the same as all the species of fish for which the Government does not have a strategy for their protection - only for the exploitation of those of commercial interest.

Over 1400 Scottish invertebrate species are significant to UK biodiversity because they are confined to Scotland. Many others have populations centred in Scotland. Scotland has the best representation of upland species in the UK and is a refuge for species becoming rare or extinct elsewhere in the UK and Europe - equally true of several fish species.

Across Europe, including the UK, invertebrate biodiversity is declining and only a few species are being actively conserved. Expert opinion is that an increasing number of Scottish invertebrates are, or soon could be, critically endangered - equally true of several fish species.

Major threats to Scottish invertebrates include habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change, development pressures, competition from non-native species and pollution. Lack of understanding is also an important issue - equally true of several fish species.

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