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Demonstration and Research MPAs

Demonstration and Research (D&R) MPAs

The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 established the process by which third parties are able to propose Nature Conservation and Demonstration and Research (D&R) MPAs for inclusion in the Scottish network of MPAs. 

The criteria for D&R MPAs can be found in the MPA Selection Guidelines.

D&RMPAs may be an appropriate tool to develop new approaches to marine management, address issues through original research or consider the applicability of a management approach in a new area.  Proposals will be assessed using the criteria in the MPA Guidelines published in 2011 including the level of support and why a D&R MPA is the most appropriate mechanism to use.

Current Proposals

All third party proposals for this review period (2012-2018) have been received.

One D&R proposal was taken forward for Fair Isle, as submitted by Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI).  The consultation on this proposal took place between the 1st March - 26 May 2016.