Stronger seabed protection measures unveiled in response to widespread support for Scottish MPAs

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 11 June 2015

Stronger seabed protection measures unveiled in response to widespread support for Scottish MPAs Thousands said they didn’t want marine é’paper parks’ and the Scottish Government listened.

Stronger seabed protection measures unveiled in response to widespread support for Scottish MPAs Thousands said they didn’t want marine é’paper parks’ and the Scottish Government listened. New proposed measures have been unveiled to prohibit fishing activities that harm the seabed from large tracts of inshore marine protected areas (MPAs) and marine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). This comes after the collective “Don’t take the P” campaign, in which several thousand MCS supporters joined many others in writing to the Scottish Government calling for real protection in designated protected areas. Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement of fisheries management in Scottish Marine Protected Areas, Calum Duncan, Convenor of Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce and Scotland Programme Manager, Marine Conservation Society said: “Our é’Don’t Take The P out of MPAs’ campaign has struck a chord. Thousands of people wrote to the Scottish Government urging them to avoid creating paper parks - and Ministers are now clearly starting to listen, by proposing that larger areas of the seabed be protected from damaging fishing activities. We will now be looking closely at the newly-drafted measures to make sure they fulfil the clear and widespread public expectation that MPAs should be managed to recover the ecological health of our seas. We are making a strong social, economic and environmental case for meaningful management that protects our precious seabed and boosts future opportunities for sustainable fishing. Ø Read more at http://www.savescottishseas.org/category/news/

Actions you can take


Stop the plastic tide

Support our appeal to turn the tide on plastics.

Find out more