Consultation launched on Scottish marine protection proposals

By staff writers
July 30, 2013

The environment spokesperson for the Scottish Greens has given a cautious welcome to the launch of a consultation on Marine Protected Areas.

Two years ago Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian, lodged a motion at Holyrood criticising Scottish government ministers for their failure to use the 2010 Marine Act to bring forward positive proposals.

Now the Holyrood Government has launched a consultation on protection proposals.

Ms Johnstone said: "A network of Marine Protected Areas is long overdue and I would encourage anyone with an interest in wildlife, tourism, offshore renewables or fisheries to make their views known.

"All too often short-term financial gain is prioritised over long-term sustainability and hopefully these MPAs will go some way to restoring balance.

"I am concerned that the Scottish Government has framed its consultation using ill-defined jargon such as sustainable economic growth.

"The priority must be the maintenance of a healthy marine environment, and the protection of the most vulnerable species to ensure we can have tourism, fishing and renewables in the right places and at the right scale," she concluded.

* Scottish Government consultation: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00428577.pdf

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