EU Exit: marine environmental legislation in Scotland

Explains the changes made to marine legislation to ensure that the law remains operable and effective from 1 January 2021


Measures are in place to protect the marine environment in Scotland's inshore and offshore waters. These measures were, prior to exit day, supported by European Union (EU) laws and standards.

Legislation relevant to the marine environment remains in effect, but has been amended to make sure the law continues to be operable and effective after exit day, maintaining current standards of environmental protection.

The guidance below sets out what amendments have been made to specific pieces of legislation and what these changes mean in practice, including how existing guidance should be interpreted.



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