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Planning Scotland’s Seas: 2013 - Possible Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas Consultation

Planning Scotland’s Seas: 2013 - Possible Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas Consultation

Thursday, July 25, 2013

ISBN: 9781782567646

Our aim is to achieve a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas by 2016. You can help by providing your views on the case for designation of these possible Nature Conservation MPAs. We are also seeking views on other aspects of the proposals including management options to protect the features.

Executive Summary

MPAs are an internationally recognised tool, helping to contribute to Scottish Government’s vision for “clean, healthy, safe, biologically diverse marine and coastal Environments. The Marine (Scotland) Act and Marine and Coastal Access Act delivered new powers to protect habitats and species of national and international importance through the designation of Marine Protected Areas.

New possible Nature Conservation MPAs (pMPAs) have now been developed to contribute to a network of MPAs and existing protected areas in Scotland’s seas. The MPA consultation invites your views. This overview document includes summaries of each pMPA and how you can respond to the consultation questions included. This MPA consultation invites your views. This overview document, includes summaries of each pMPA and how you can respond to the consultation questions included.

Additional documents are available which provide further detail on the pMPAs, the evidence supporting them, potential management options, and possible environmental and socioeconomic costs and benefits. Descriptions of these and access links are included both in the consultation document and the links on this page.

To view boundaries of the pMPAs please visit the National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) and if you have any problems please contact the marine environment mailbox: Marine_Environment_Mailbox@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. The respondent form to provide your official response is available under the Associated Downloadable Documents in the list to the right of this.