Scottish coastal waters out to 200NM

| November 27, 2008

Scotland is to take greater responsibility for its coastal waters, which will now stretch 200 nautical miles out to sea. The Scottish Government agreed with the UK Government, through the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) that planned marine bills from both administrations should be joined up.

As the Scottish Government wanted, Scotland will get new executively devolved responsibility for planning and nature conservation out to 200nm. The agreement also includes:

  • The administrations working together to deliver joined-up marine management
  • A UK Marine Policy Statement to be part of an integrated marine management system
  • Scotland having the power to designate nature conservation sites out to 200 nm
  • Scotland in the driving seat for marine planning. This means joined up planning for wind and wave power, fishing and marine conservation right out to 200 nm.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead said: “This is excellent news for Scotland and for Scotland’s economy. We will be responsible for planning and conservation up to 200 nautical miles out to sea ……. With Scottish waters being managed as a whole by the Scottish Government, we will now have modern and streamlined management of our seas and the many industries that depend on them.

The Sustainable Seas Task Force, of which SSACN is a member, will be reconvening in January to discuss progress on the Scottish Marine Bill.

Considering the above, it will be interesting to see if Mr Lochhead will accept conservation as being more than just ensuring the sustainability of the stocks of interest to the catching sector.

Category: Scottish Government News

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