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Shiant East Bank Marine Protected Area: business and regulatory impact assessment

An assessment of the business and regulatory impacts of designating the Shiant East Bank Marine Protected Area.


Annex A: Summary of Ecosystem Benefits that can be derived from designation of Shiant East Bank MPA

Summary of Ecosystem Services Benefits arising from the Designation and Management of the Site as an MPA (2019-2038) SEB

Services

Relevance
to Site

On-site /
Off-site

Baseline Level

Estimated Impacts of Management

Value Weighting

Scale of Benefits

Confidence

Lower

Intermediate 

Upper

Fish and shellfish for human consumption

Moderate, benthic habitat contributes to the food web

On-site and off-site

Stocks not at MSY

Nil

Minimal, small recovery of fish stocks possible

Moderate, sandeels are import in food webs for commercial species and priority wildlife species

Minimal 

Moderate

Fish and shellfish for non-human consumption

Stocks reduced from potential maximum

Climate regulation

Moderate, in coastal areas

On-site

Moderate 

Nil, management scenarios will not affect features providing this service

Moderate

Nil 

High

Waste breakdown/ detoxification

Minimal

On-site 

Low 

Nil, management scenarios will not affect features providing this service

Low, water quality in this area not affecting human welfare 

Nil

High

Non-use value of natural environment

Moderate, contribution of the site to MPA network has non-use value 

On-site and off-site

Non-use value of the site may decline

Moderate, protection of features of site from potential future decline

Low–Moderate, protection of features is valued by divers & anglers (Kenter et al. 2013).

Moderate 

Moderate, extent of features, responses to management scenarios, and value to society all uncertain

 

Low, recovery of features possible

Recreation

Minimal, features of low relevance to recreation 

On-site

Minimal

Minimal, maintain features of site 

Minimal 

Minimal

High.

Research and Education

Minimal 

On-site

Minimal, whether research uses site in future uncertain. 

Minimal, maintain features of site

Nil – Low 

Minimal

Moderate

Designation may play role in communicating management needs.

Total value of changes in ecosystem services

Value of site may decline

Minimal for lower scenario, Low for intermediate and upper scenario, designation has Moderate non-use value to protecting site from future decline (Kenter et al. 2013)

Low – Moderate 

Moderate

Total value of changes in ecosystem services

Low – Moderate

Moderate

Contact

Email: marine_conservation@gov.scot

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