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Developing Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network

Published: 3 Dec 2020

On 03 December 2020, Scottish Ministers classified 12 Special Protection Areas.

Published:
3 Dec 2020
Developing Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network

On 03 December 2020, Scottish Ministers classified 12 Special Protection Areas. These will provide protection in the marine environment for Scotland’s rare, vulnerable and regularly occurring migratory birds. They also designated four Marine Protected Areas sites, which will be among the first in the world providing area-based protection of minke whale and basking shark. The sites will also protect Risso’s dolphins and a range of biodiversity and geological features.

The Scottish MPA network includes sites for nature conservation, protection of biodiversity, demonstrating sustainable management, and protecting our heritage. These sites contribute to our MPA network which will now cover a total of 37% of our seas.

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