Scotland’s seas cover 61% of all UK waters and the marine environment is spectacular. From flameshell beds to firework anenomes, seals to bottlenose dolphins plus seafans, sponges and soft corals. But these amazing creatures and habitats are under threat.
Scotland's magnificent seas
Scotland has an astonishing 10% of Europe's coastline. Framed by myriad sea lochs, firths and islands, the surrounding seas are home to a third of the global population of grey seals; the world’s most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins; 23 other species of the world’s 82 whales and dolphins and 43% of all seabirds breeding in the EU. They also provide summer feeding grounds for the basking shark, which is the world’s second largest fish, and the endangered leatherback turtle
Beneath the waves are some of the finest marine habitats in Europe, including rocky reefs covered in soft corals, sea fans and sponges, shallow beds of delicate maerl, sea grass, flameshell and horsemussel - all providing refuge for young fish and shellfish - and spectacular coldwater coral reefs.
So much to lose
Scotland's seas are under threat from human activity. We have fished them almost to exhaustion and used them as a convenient dumping ground. Scotland's Marine Atlas revealed the health of a staggering proportion of Scotland's marine habitat is deteriorating, with the majority of our seabed facing many serious problems.
Save Scottish Seas
Almost ten years of dedicated campaigning by MCS in Scotland and partners resulted in the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 which requires Scottish Ministers to protect and, where appropriate, enhance the health of Scotland's seas; develop a national marine plan that includes marine ecosystem objectives and establish a network of well-managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
MCS in Scotland is co-ordinating a joint campaign in support of a network of Scottish MPAs. Strong public support for ambitious and careful management can help kickstart recovery.
Summer 2013 is an historic opportunity to help reverse centuries of decline in Scotland’s seas as the Scottish Government have launched a public consultation on a network of proposed MPAs.
Please use our quick and easy online form to show your support for this important marine protection:
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MCS Senior Aquaculture Officer, Dawn Purchase, has been doing work experience at Marine Harvest, Glenborrodale. The largest salmon farming company in the world, producing 42,000 tonnes of Scottish salmon.
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