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Historic moment to save Scotland’s seas

The public consultation on a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) both around the coast and further offshore has now closed.

Marine Scotland are now undertaking the busy task of analysing all the responses from all stakeholders. We would expect to see the results of the consultation analysis published, alongside an announcement about which Scottish MPAs will be going forward for designation, by summer 2014 at the earliest. Whatever happens, we will keep you all posted of developments.

Until then, you can keep pledging your support for Scottish MPAs online:

» Pledge your support

Historic moment to save Scotland’s seas

The public consultation on a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) both around the coast and further offshore has now closed.

Marine Scotland are now undertaking the busy task of analysing all the responses from all stakeholders. We would expect to see the results of the consultation analysis published, alongside an announcement about which Scottish MPAs will be going forward for designation, by summer 2014 at the earliest. Whatever happens, we will keep you all posted of developments.

Until then, you can keep pledging your support for Scottish MPAs online:

» Pledge your support

Conger eel, Loch Fyne

Conger eel

Conger eel, Loch Fyne
Deadman's Finger sea slug, Loch Carron

Deadman's Finger sea slug

Deadman's Finger sea slug, Loch Carron
Edible crab, Loch Carron

Edible crab

Edible crab, Loch Carron
Fireworks anemone

Fireworks anemone

Fireworks anemone
Goldsinny, Loch Carron

Goldsinny

Goldsinny, Loch Carron
Gravel sea cucumber, Loch Carron

Gravel sea cucumber

Gravel sea cucumber, Loch Carron
Scallop, Loch Fyne

Scallop

Scallop, Loch Fyne
Organ Pipe worm, Loch Creran

Organ Pipe worm

Organ Pipe worm, Loch Creran
Sea urchins, Loch Carron

Sea urchins

Sea urchins, Loch Carron
Short spined sea scorpion, Loch Fyne

Short spined sea scorpion

Short spined sea scorpion, Loch Fyne

MCS News

More MCZs planned for English seas in 2015

Defra say that a further 37 Marine Conservation Zones are being considered for designation in 2015. We're pleased, but it's still a long way off what's needed for a full network of protection in English waters to stop the decline in marine biodiversity. >> Read more

Consultation on Scottish MPAs has now closed

Marine Scotland will now analyse all the responses - and hopefully in spring 2014, we'll hear which MPAs will be going forward for designation. We will keep you posted! Until then you can keep pledging your support. >> Pledge

Your chance to help Scottish seas recover

Act now! Take part in the consultation on a MPA network around Scotland. 33 sites proposed in first step to secure the future of one of Scotland's most valuable assets  >> more

Historic summer to save Scotland`s seas

Scottish Government MPA consultation is a turning point says MCS but there's still a long way to go >> more

English seas worth billions to economy

News Item imageCash and emotional value of protecting our seas revealed in new report, yet so far ignored by Westminster >> More

Marine Conservation Zones for English seas stalling, say MPs

Committee of MPs concerned that English MCZs are not being given a timetable by Government. >> More

For one day only, let`s get tweeting

News Item imageWe've been to hand in your MCZ pledges to No 10. Tweet the minister so he can't ignore us >> More   

MCS at Holyrood to hand in marine pledges

News Item imageMCS' Calum Duncan hands in thousands of pledges supporting MPAs in Scotland to Environment Minister >> More

English consultation now closed

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultation on 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas - which has now closed. Watch this space to see what happens next!

12 days left to save English seas

The public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones closes at the end of March. Find out why this is so important for Coleen the Quahog and have your say now. >> More 

March for marine protection a huge success

News Item imageAlmost 2,000 join MCS, BSAC, Sea Life and Fish Fight on the Westminster rally >> More   

Fish Fighting Hugh to front MCS march on Westminster

News Item imageMCS' march on Westminster gathers pace with support from Fish Fight, BSAC and Sea Life. Get involved now! >> More  

Join our Westminster rally

On 25th February 2013, MCS is leading a march across Westminster bridge to the Houses of Parliament to show mass support for 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas.  >> More

Sea creatures sing for their survival

Watch our new video showing why England's sea creatures are so desperate for 127 Marine Conservation Zones. Please share it and help it go viral >> Watch now

Government shows lack of ambition with latest MCZ announcement

News Item imagePublic consultation on MCZs is launched today with promise of just 31 zones to be designated in 2013 >>More