The purpose of the consultation process is to seek stakeholder views on the proposal for the designation of an additional seal haul-out site in the Ythan Estuary under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, and on the timing of any possible designation.
The consultation will focus on three issues which are intended to provide a focus for discussion:
1. Whether or not the proposed site should be designated;
2. What potential risks of harassment of seals there are on the proposed site;
3. Whether or not there are sufficient grounds for considering designation before the appropriate period of 5 years and, if so, how quickly this should occur?