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A MARINE LITTER STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

A MARINE LITTER STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ISBN: 9781784127480

Marine Litter Strategy outlining a vision, strategic directions and actions

Executive Summary

The marine litter strategy has a clear purpose: to develop current and future

measures to ensure that the amount of litter entering the marine and coastal

environment is minimised to bring ecological, economic and social benefits.

The aim of the strategy is to help realise the vision of “clean, healthy, safe,

productive and biologically diverse marine and coastal environment that meets the

long term needs of people and nature”. This underpins developments in marine

legislation through the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 in promoting sustainable use of

our valuable and unique environment.

The development and implementation of the strategy will be led by Marine Scotland,

in taking the strategy forward. It is recognised that responsibility for delivery is

shared across local and national government, business, environmental and

community groups, and private individuals.

The strategy builds on work and initiatives already underway, involving individuals,

organisations, groups and communities in caring for their marine and coastal

environment. Bringing it together to add clear leadership, greater coordination of

efforts and fresh momentum.

Shaped by research and public consultation, the marine litter strategy seeks to

maximise opportunities and minimise threats in addressing the levels of litter

present, and recognises that the Marine Strategy Framework Directive is a key

driver.

With these key issues paramount, the marine litter strategy sets out five strategic

directions and a range of measures to help deliver the strategy.