Arran celebrates MPA success

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It’s been an exciting time for COAST and the Isle of Arran. The only entirely community-developed and proposed nature conservation marine protected area, the South Arran MPA, has now been designated by the Scottish Government. This was announced by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and for the Environment, on 24 July 2014. Following three years of campaigning and consultation, the South Arran MPA was designated with 29 others (including two more in the Clyde) to form a network of MPAs around Scotland.

Could it be that the Scottish Government and Marine Scotland with advice from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), are showing the leadership our waters have long-needed? Marine Scotland and SNH certainly deserve praise for delivering the designation of the Scottish MPA network in the face of stiff opposition from vested interests. Both organisations have worked hard to achieve this and supported our proposal as part of the MPA network. SNH have conducted seabed studies mapping South Arran MPA species and habitats.

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