The introduction of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 means better management of the competing demands on marine resources is key.

The creation of a National Marine Plan will ensure increasing demands for the use of our marine environment are managed, economic development of marine industries is encouraged and environmental protection is incorporated into marine decision making. It will also have a role to play in managing adaptation to climate change.

Scotland’s Marine Assessment 2020 (SMA2020) portal reports on our vision for the seas: ‘Clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people’.



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