The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the Act”) requires that certain public plans, programmes and strategies (PPS) be assessed for their potential effects on the environment. A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is the process used to fulfil this requirement, and includes consultation with the public and the Consultation Authorities. The Inshore Fisheries Groups (IFG) management proposals fell under Section 5(4) of the Act.
In August 2013, Marine Scotland made public a summary of the management proposals developed by IFGs and an accompanying Environmental Report on the potential environmental effects of management plan proposals. Comments were invited by 10 October 2013.
This Post Adoption Statement forms the final output from the SEA process and is required under the Act. It outlines how the findings of the SEA and the views of consultees on the management proposals and the Environmental Report have been taken into account and concludes the SEA process.