Scotland's National Marine Plan

This Plan covers the management of both Scottish inshore waters (out to 12 nautical miles) and offshore

waters (12 to 200 nautical miles). It also applies to the exercise of both reserved and

devolved functions.

5. A Guide to Sector Chapters


5.1 This section outlines how marine industries and activities are expected to develop in the immediate future and in the longer term and the issues to be addressed to ensure they grow sustainably. Objectives may be achievable over the life of this Plan, or may set the direction for longer term achievement.

Key references

5.2 This sets out key reference sources which may provide useful context. It also contains information on where to access relevant spatial data on National Marine Plan interactive ( NMPi).

Part 1: Background and context

5.3 This section provides a brief introduction to each sector and gives context to its importance.

Part 2: Key issues for marine planning

5.4 For each sector, key issues which can be addressed through national and regional marine planning for the relevant sector to develop sustainably are considered, where these are not already covered by the general policies set out in Chapter 4. Key issues include:

  • Supporting economically productive activities: Marine industries and activities contribute significantly to sustainable economic growth and some are recognised as growth sectors in the Government's Economic Strategy. This section explores how marine planning can support or facilitate growth within that sector.
  • Interactions with other users : As use of marine resources increases, interactions between users are expected to increase. Marine planning can help address conflict or promote synergy and this section discusses some of the interactions marine planning can address.
  • Living within environmental limits: Many marine activities impact on the natural environment and ecosystem functioning. Scotland's Marine Atlas: Information for the National Marine Plan identifies many of these impacts; and this section considers these, with a focus on those which marine planning can address.
  • Climate change: Climate change and the associated effects for the marine environment will impact on some marine activities. These impacts are discussed in the context of how marine planning can help address change or promote adaptation to its consequences.

Part 3: Marine planning policies

5.5 Marine planning policies which address the issues raised above are set out, where these are not already covered by the general policies set out in Chapter 4.

5.6 Policies for each sector should be read subject to those set out as General Policies in Chapter 4 of this Plan, and also in conjunction with all other sectoral policies.

Regional Policy: This sets out considerations for regional marine planners. The precise approach and coverage of the regional plan will be for Marine Planning Partnerships to determine based on local priorities and taking account of existing partnerships, methodologies and alignment with other local plans.

Part 4: The future

5.7 The Future section presents a forward look for a sector, allowing future planning requirements to be considered.


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