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The process involved to create a National Marine Plan will follow 9 stages as set out below:

  • Stage 1: Initial meetings to consult stakeholders on the scope and content of the National Marine Plan: June - December 2010. *Completed*
  • Stage 2: Preparation of pre consultation draft National Marine Plan and undertaking Sustainability Appraisal (SA), which includes Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) : October 2010 - March 2011. * Completed*
  • Stage 3: Pre consultation of the draft national marine plan and draft SA/SEA (12 weeks): March 2011- June 2011. * Completed*
  • Stage 4: Revision of the pre consultation draft National Marine Plan in response to comments made during the pre consultation and the SA/SEA preconsultation: July 2011- Summer 2013. *Completed*
  • Stage 5: Consultation on the Draft National Marine Plan, SA, SEA and partial BRIA published for 16 week consultation: 25 July to 13 November’. *Completed*
  • Stage 6: Revision of the Draft National Plan (including a statement on inclusion of retained functions and that the plan is in conformity with MPS) in response to comments made during the Plan consultation, SA/SEA and partial BRIA consultation followed by Scottish and UK Ministerial clearance process: November 2013 – October 2014.*Completed*
  • Stage 7: Laying draft National Marine Plan before Parliament and Parliamentary consideration of the proposed National Marine Plan: December 2014 - February 2015. *Completed*
  • Stage 8: Final considerations, adoption and publication of the National Marine Plan. Publication of the SEA Post-Adoption Statement: March 2015.*Completed*
  • Stage 9: Keep National Marine Plan under review and report in line with the appropriate legislation.