There is a requirement for Scottish Ministers to report every six years on the extent to which, in their opinion, the conservation objectives have been achieved. The last of these reports was published in 2018. 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 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.
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