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Marine Protected Area Network - 2018 Report to the Scottish Parliament

Marine Protected Area Network - 2018 Report to the Scottish Parliament

Friday, December 21, 2018

ISBN: 9781787814974

A report to Parliament on progress being made in implementing a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network.

Executive Summary

This report is a requirement of Section 103 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and Section 124 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The MPA network supports the Scottish Government’s vision of clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine & coastal environment, managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people.

There are now 217 sites in the Scottish MPA network for nature conservation

purposes. In addition there is one demonstration and research MPA, eight historic

MPAs, and five Other Area Based Measures recognised as part of the Scottish MPA

network, making a total of 231 sites distributed across our seas.

A total of 42 new MPAs have been designated since 2012 to protect marine habitats, wildlife,

geology, undersea landforms, historic shipwrecks, and to demonstrate sustainable

management of the sea.