Scottish MPA decision making process

| February 23, 2012

As part of the Scottish MPA project, third parties were invited to make suggestions for MPAs: anyone, from an individual person to an organisation or industry sector, could make a submission for Marine Scotland/SNH/JNCC to assess against a set of stringent selection guidelines.

Third parties were invited to submit proposals for either a Nature Conservation MPA or Demonstration & Research MPA.

SSACN have made more than one proposal; Nature Conservation MPA proposals in Argyll from the Sound of Jura to Loch Sunart and a Demonstration & Research MPA proposal for Luce Bay in Dumfries and Galloway.

As per the diagram to the left, these proposals will now be assessed by Marine Scotland for their suitability and how well the meet the criteria laid out in the selection guidelines, they will then either be discarded (if it is deemed unsuitable for any reason) or endorsed and taken forward to the next stage of the MPA process.

It is important to note that third party proposals are exactly that, a proposal, the power for designating an MPA ultimately lies with the Scottish Government.

Before designation, all MPAs –including third party proposals and sites selected by Marine Scotland – will be subject to a public consultation regarding the sites and the reasons for considering them as possible MPAs.

(diagram source: Marine Scotland, Guidelines on the selection of MPAs and the development of an MPA network).

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