Sealife off Scottish coast facing extinction threat

mcsThe Marine Conservation Society in Scotland (MCS) has urged the Scottish Government to push forward with 33 proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) to safeguard internationally significant populations of creatures from the threat caused by fishing and other human activity.

Calum Duncan, MCS programme manager, is to present the minister with a near-4,000 signature petition from supporters at the Scottish Parliament to halt “decades of damage” which has ruined habitats and put species under threat. He said: “We urgently need a network of new marine protected areas to help our seas recover.

“Coral gardens, sea lochs, flame shell beds, fireworks anemones, tall sea pen parks and deep-sea sponge fields are just a few Scottish specialities we stand to lose without better protection.”

The Scottish Government’s own conservation experts recommended the creation of 
33 MPAs last December to safeguard marine ecosystems but concern has grown over whether ministers will include all 33 areas in a public consultation later this year after politicians south of the Border were accused of “floundering” over similar proposals there.

Responding to that, Cabinet Secretary Lochhead didn’t commit himself but said he was “currently” planning to include all 33 proposed areas in the public consultation due to take place between July and November.

SSACN’s proposals may be found in our ‘Reading Room’.

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