Publication - Consultation paper

Protected areas for mobile marine species: consultation on proposals to designate four new Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters

Published: 7 Jun 2019
Directorate:
Marine Scotland Directorate
Part of:
Marine and fisheries
ISBN:
9781787818958

An overview of the consultation on proposals to designate four new Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters, including short summaries of the available documentation.

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Contents
Protected areas for mobile marine species: consultation on proposals to designate four new Marine Protected Areas in Scottish waters
Site Management

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Site Management

Conservation Objectives

Conservation objectives describe the current and desired ecological or geological state (or quality) of each proposed protected feature. The objectives are either to 'conserve' or 'recover' a feature. Where evidence exists that the feature is in an unfavourable condition within the site, the objective will be to 'recover', otherwise it will be to 'conserve'.

Management Advice

SNH has produced a Conservation and Management Advice document for each site to outline the conservation objectives and their management advice. They have used a risk-based approach by considering each of the protected features, the conservation objectives, and the activities which could affect their condition.

Management Measures

The responsibility for site management generally sits with Public Authorities who regulate activities. The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 places duties on Public Authorities in relation to their own functions and any decisions they make to allow regulated activities to take place. In some cases specific measures may be required. The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 provides the power to Scottish Ministers to implement Marine Conservation Orders, where necessary, to further site conservation objectives. Any such Order is subject to both public consultation and Parliamentary Processes. This consultation does not include the implementation of any Marine Conservation Orders.

Monitoring

Every six years there is a requirement for Scottish Ministers to report on the extent to which, in their opinion, the conservation objectives have been achieved. The last of these reports was published in 2018[9]. Appropriate monitoring is important for the report, which informs the opinion of Scottish Ministers. The monitoring of the MPA network is covered in the Scottish MPA Monitoring Strategy[10] which sets out how monitoring of the network should be prioritised and carried out. The results of monitoring are also used to inform future decisions on management of MPAs.


Contact

Email: lily.burke@gov.scot