Marine Scotland is consulting on a number of proposals to take forward integrated marine planning for Scotland’s seas. The National Marine Plan proposes that Priority Marine Features should be specifically taken into account in future planning and decision making.
The recommended list of Priority Marine Features (PMFs) represents 80 habitats and species of marine conservation importance for which it would be appropriate to use either area based measures such as Marine Protected Areas, or non-area based mechanisms or a mixture of both to achieve better protection. Action will be prioritised via a three-pillar approach, i.e. species measures, site-based measures, and wider seas policies and measures as set out in Marine Scotland's Marine Nature Conservation Strategy .