Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: ICIA – partial screening report

This report seeks to complete the first two stages of the island communities impact assessment (ICIA) process by identifying whether there are issues which merit further exploration. Consultation responses will be used to determine whether a full ICIA is required once specific HPMA sites are proposed.

11. Gathering data, identifying evidence gaps

The following data sources have been identified for use in assessing the impact on islands:

  • Data is available on fishing vessels but the resolution of fishing location varies by vessel length.
  • Information on current aquaculture development is available from Scotland's Aquaculture portal.
  • The National Islands Plan Annual Report provides data on population levels, sustainable economic development, transport, housing, fuel poverty, digital connectivity, health, social care and wellbeing, environmental wellbeing and biosecurity, climate change and energy, empowered island communities and strong local partnerships, arts, culture and language & education. However, the data provided by the plan is limited as it encapsulates the islands as a whole.
  • Visit Scotland has national tourism statistics for coastal tourism but does not break down into island specific statistics.


Email: HPMA@gov.scot

Back to top