Thank you for taking the time to consider this consultation paper. We welcome your views on the proposed designation of one Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Area (D&R MPA) to contribute to the MPA network.
This consultation considers the proposal for the Fair Isle third-party Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Area (D&R MPA), which was proposed by Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative ( FIMETI) during the process of developing Scottish MPA network. Marine Scotland has undertaken a full assessment of the Fair Isle proposal against the MPA selection Guidelines  , as well as an investigation into the estimated possible socio-economic impacts of a successful designation.
This consultation is being taken forward in parallel with a public consultation on a proposal for a Historic MPA for the wreck of Iona I, Firth of Clyde, which is being led by Historic Environment Scotland, which can be found here: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hmpa-consultation
The consultation seeks the following views:
- Do you support the designation of the Fair Isle Demonstration and Research MPA?
- Do you agree that the proposal successfully meets the requirements of the Marine (Scotland) Act and MPA Selection Guidelines for designation?
- Do you have a view on the review period that should be
applied for consideration of the success of the designation to
fulfil its aims and objectives.
- 12 years / 18 years / Other
- Please provide reasons for your preference.
- Do you have any comments on the socioeconomic assessment of the proposal?
- Do you have any other comments relevant to this proposal?
What documents should I read to answer the questions?
In addition to this formal consultation document, the full version of the Fair Isle D&R MPA proposal  , as well as previous versions of the proposal, as submitted by FIMETI are available to inform your view.
How do I respond and get involved in the consultation?
Further details on how to respond can be found in Appendix A. The full questions are available in Appendix B of this document. All responses should be sent via Citizen Space; however if it is not possible for this to be used then please see alternatives in Appendix A.
What will happen after the consultation?
Scottish Ministers will take a decision on whether to proceed with the designation of the Fair Isle third-party Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Area. This will be based on the selection criteria, the socio-economic assessment and the views gathered from the consultation.
Thank you for taking the time to respond.
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