MCS tells Scottish Government not to take the "P" out of marine protection

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 11 November 2014

MCS tells Scottish Government not to take the ‘P’ out of marine protection New proposals to manage fishing in Scotland’s recently established Marine Protected Area (MPA) network could deny protection to some of Scotland’s most precious sea areas, because some fishing methods such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling would be allowed to continue.

MCS tells Scottish Government not to take the ‘P’ out of marine protection New proposals to manage fishing in Scotland’s recently established Marine Protected Area (MPA) network could deny protection to some of Scotland’s most precious sea areas, because some fishing methods such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling would be allowed to continue. A coalition of Scottish environmental charities led by MCS, says it’s deeply concerned that potential new management measures for MPAs risk failing to protect and, crucially, recover the very sea life which the MPAs were set up to protect in the first place. New proposals issued today (11th November2014) by the Scottish Government outline a range of scenarios for 20 inshore MPAs, some of which would allow fishing methods such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling to continue to damage seabed habitats. This on-going damage to the seafloor has wider, knock-on impacts for our other marine life such as fish, seabirds and marine mammals, which move around, feeding and breeding in these important areas of Scottish seas. The plans are now the subject of a three month long public consultation, as Scottish Government staff tour coastal communities throughout November and December. Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce is now launching a joint campaign urging the people of Scotland to tell the Scottish Government: é’Don’t take the P out of MPAs.’ MCS Scotland Programme Manager, Calum Duncan, Convenor of Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce says: “It’s simple: if we properly protect our sea life, then the health of our seas will bounce back. For over 14 years we’ve pushed for a network of MPAs to help do just that. These must offer ambitious protection from damaging activities, to help recover the extent of our damaged sea life, not just preserve the status quo. The many thousands of people that responded last year in support of the new MPAs expect nothing less. That’s why we are telling the Scottish Government: “Don’t take the P out of MPAs Ø Take part in the public consultation here

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