Marine Protected Areas around Scotland

| March 24, 2010

Marine Scotland recognises that it is vital to protect marine biodiversity and ecosystems to ensure that the natural environment, and the diversity of industries which depend upon it, is safeguarded for the future.

The Marine (Scotland) Act and the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act both contain new powers to designate Marine Protected Areas. These contribute to a range of measures to manage and protect our seas for current and future generations.

The legislation also requires that a network of MPAs in UK seas is created to protect biodiversity and geodiversity. The network will contribute to our agreement with international partners to create an ecologically coherent network of well-managed MPAs in the North East Atlantic.

Guidelines on the selection of MPAs and the development of the MPA network have been launched. This document sets out draft guidelines on the selection of MPAs and the development of the MPA network and elates to Nature Conservation MPAs as well as Demonstration and Research MPAs in the seas around Scotland.

A Ministerial statement on the creation of a MPA network was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 12 March 2010 by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment.

This fulfils the duty on Scottish Ministers, as part of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, to lay a statement before the Scottish Parliament to set out principles that will be followed when designating MPAs for biodiversity protection in offshore waters adjacent to Scotland.

Category: Scottish Government News

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