A 12 week public consultation has been launched about the Scottish Government’s new management proposals for 11 recently-designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and nine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in inshore waters.
Scotland’s Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
“Scotland’s seas are a vast and vital natural resource and it is our duty to protect and enhance it for future generations.
“Through our network of MPAs, we have already identified which sites should be protected – now we want to hear views on the new management proposals.
“Our proposals for these 20 high priority sites have been developed following discussions with the fishing industry, environmental organisations and local authorities and are designed to ensure that the conservation objectives for each site are met, in line with expert advice from Scottish Natural Heritage.
“This consultation is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in the protection of our seas to express their views about our proposals, and we are keen to hear from as many people as possible.”
The public consultation on statutory management measures for MPAs and inshore SACs and will run from 11 November 2014 to 2 February 2015.
Scotland’s MPA network consists of MPAs, Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), Special Protected Areas (SPAs) for wild birds and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) in the intertidal area.