Last month Scottish Environment LINK was invited to give oral evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster on the UK Fisheries Bill. We also submitted written evidence following this session.
This briefing provides an overview of Scottish Environment LINK’s document ‘Living with the seas’, which summarises LINK’s expectations for Regional Marine Planning and presents a vision of how and why the ecosystem approach should be incorporated into the design and implementation of marine spatial planning in Scotland.
A briefing by LINK’s Marine Group, setting out their vision for Scotland’s seas – October 2017
Scottish Environment LINK Marine Group welcome the strides taken by Scottish Government to establish a world leading network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that is ecologically coherent and well-managed. As part of a wider approach to marine conservation, the MPA network is crucial to help halt and reverse the environmental decline in Scotland’s seas and … Read More »
Summary LINK Marine Group members welcome the Scottish Government’s progress towards establishing the Climate Change Plan (RPP3), particularly recognising policies and plans for enhancing forestry and peatland carbon stores. We are therefore concerned that the draft plan does not include recognition of habitats that serve as blue carbon stores. The Climate Change Plan should therefore: … Read More »
Summary LINK Marine Group members and their supporters support the Scottish Government’s progress towards establishing a world leading, ecologically coherent network of well-managed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). MPAs are crucial to help halt and reverse the environmental decline in Scotland’s seas and safeguard the benefits to society they provide. The Scottish Government have made good … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK Marine Group priorities for the future implementation of marine legislation in the fifth Scottish Parliament (2016-2020): A fully resourced marine monitoring strategy A fully-resourced partnership approach to the management of Scottish marine conservation designations and marine planning Implementing marine management measures that secure ecosystem recovery Wider fisheries management reform
The proposed MCOs for Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura and Wester Ross nature conservation MPAs should be adopted without delay; LINK members have outstanding concerns about the Loch Sunart to the Sound of Jura MPA, (including the impact of fisheries derogations on potential common skate breeding and nursery grounds) which the Scottish Government … Read More »
LINK members urge MSPs to support the Scottish Government’s proposed Marine Conservation Order for South Arran MPA and Omnibus Fishing Order for 13 inshore marine protected areas and Special Areas of Conservation. These measures must be adopted without delay; they have been widely consulted upon over a long period and have the support of many stakeholders including those from … Read More »
Members of Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce (LINK) welcome the scientifically robust and ecologically sound management measures for inshore Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) proposed by the Scottish Government. These measures – due to be laid in Parliament as Marine Conservation Orders (MCOs) and Fisheries Orders (FOs) – will make a considerable contribution to the protection … Read More »
A briefing offering a overview response to the latest iteration of Scotland’s first National Marine Plan. The Plan was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 11th December 2014, and scheduled for scrutiny by the Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee between December 2014 and January 2015.
Supplementary evidence submitted to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change & Environment Committee during its two-week evidence session on the Marine Protected Area project.
Scottish Environment LINK’s briefing and initial submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and the Environment Committee evidence session on Marine Protected Areas – 13th August 2014
Scottish Environment LINK’s briefing for the Members’ debate in the Scottish Parliament on the future of the inshore fishing sector – 29th April 2014
Briefing for Members’ debate in the Scottish Parliament – Recovering the Clyde 11th March 2014
A network of marine protected areas will have environmental benefits, but did you know it will also be worth billions in economic benefits to Scotland?
Here we explore the key elements of creating an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas. This is particularly timely since, later this month, the Scottish Government will hold a stakeholder MPA workshop which will, among otherthings, look at the overall design of the network that comprises of the sites it is currently in the … Read More »
LINK’s briefing for the Members’ Debate on Designation of Special Areas of Conservation on Wednesday February 8th 2012. LINK’s Marine Taskforce strongly believes Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has established a compelling scientific rationale for the deisgnation for SACs at both East Mingulay and the Sound of Barra.
This briefing, the second in our series outlines the Scottish Government’s designation process for new nature conservation Marine Protected Areas under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.
The first in a series of briefings from Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce, exploring the creation of Scotland’s Marine Protected Area network.
Scotland’s unique marine ecosystem can be given the chance to thrive with the aid of a well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas. Not only will this safeguard the goods and services we all rely on, but also make our seas more resistant to climate change and other human impacts. To achieve this, the right management … Read More »
This paper suggests various measures, that will need to be undertaken during session four of the Scottish Parliament, to protect and enhance Scotland’s marine environment, which will also help deliver sustainable economic prosperity and social wellbeing now and for generations to come.
The LINK marine taskforce believes all aquaculture legislation should ensure development within the industry is founded on the five guiding principles of sustainable development (in line with the Scottish Government’s own Sustainable Development Strategy): living within environmental limits; ensuring a strong, healthy and just society; achieving a sustainable economy; promoting good governance; and using science … Read More »
A detailed briefing on Stage 3 amendments for the Marine (Scotland) Bill from Scottish Environment LINKs Marine taskforce. See also our shorter general Stage 3 Briefing
Key amendments that would improve the Bill at stage 3 include i) introducing a general duty to consider the health of our seas as a primary objective in all our activity in the marine environment, ii) clearly linking marine management and marine protection provisions, by including Scottish Ministers’ policies for protection and enhancement of MPAs … Read More »
A detailed briefing on the 3rd Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill from Scottish Environment LINKs Marine taskforce. See also: our brief on 1st Marshalled List of Amendments and brief on 2nd Marshalled List of Amendments.
A detailed briefing on the 2nd Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill from Scottish Environment LINKs Marine taskforce. See also: our brief on 1st Marshalled List of Amendments and brief on 3rd Marshalled List of Amendments
A detailed briefing on the 1st Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill from Scottish Environment LINKs Marine taskforce. See also: our brief on 2nd Marshalled List of Amendments and brief on 3rd Marshalled List of Amendments.
Written evidence presented to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee Reform of the CFP is timely, not only because the 2002 reform has done little to alleviate overfishing and its wider ecological footprint, but also because of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), which sets a challenging new context for fisheries management. The … Read More »
LINK’s Marine Task Force warmly welcomes the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee’s Stage 1 Report and its recommendations to strengthen the provisions of the Bill in a number of key areas. At the heart of our campaign is our belief that the marine environment is the foundation for all the benefits that the sea provides … Read More »
LINK believes that the EU budget must be adapted to tackle emerging policy challenges, many of which have arisen due a failure in applying the principles of sustainable development in a coherent and effective way. The major of impacts of the failure of the sustainability agenda are anthropogenic climate change, degradation of terrestrial and marine … Read More »
Letter to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee regarding Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Marine (Scotland) Bill, and the type and level of consultation we believe is appropriate for the two distinct stages of first selecting and then managing a MPA. The decision to designate a MPA must be made on scientific criteria alone. If an … Read More »
LINK Marine Taskforce Written Evidence to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee on Stage 1 of the Marine (Scotland) Bill. We are concerned, that the provisions in relation to environmental recovery are much weaker, with no provisions to improve or recover the ecological status of Scottish waters beyond the boundaries of marine protected areas. The … Read More »
A Scottish Marine Bill has at last been introduced to Parliament. This historic opportunity must be seized to ensure the Bill protects and recovers our marine biodiversity, helps deliver healthy, well-managed and productive seas and provides a sustainable future for Scottish coastal communities and businesses. Environmental sustainability must have top priority because it is the … Read More »
Breifing for the Scottish Government debate on the Marine Bill Consultation held on Thursday 26th Feb 2009 A successful Scottish Marine Bill must result in protection and recovery of our marine environment in order to achieve a healthy, functioning marine ecosystem. The marine ecosystem is the foundation which underpins most human uses of the sea, … Read More »
Response to the Scottish Parlaiment’s Europe and External Relations Committee inquiry into the EU Budget Review. As a general principle, LINK believes the majority of the EU budget should be targeted at protecting and improving public goods. This will require investment in ‘environmental and social capital’ including initiatives which encourage a shift towards truly sustainable … Read More »
In his announcement on a Scottish Marine Bill in June 2007, Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, promised a Bill that would deliver a simpler regulatory system for the marine environment, more action on marine nature conservation, a strategic national approach and greater local control over marine and coastal areas. Scottish … Read More »
Managing our environment well is integral to successful governance, as a rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage is the cornerstone of a high quality sustainable economy. If done properly, looking after our environment and preserving our natural resources can enhance economic activity. For example, maintaining healthy seas ensures a sustainable fishing industry and enhances … Read More »
A breifing on a Marine bill for Scotland written for delegates at the Autumn 2006 Political Party conference season
This paper represents the views of the LINK members listed below on the design and management of Scotland’s first Coastal and Marine National Park (CMNP). It is intended to contribute to advice to Ministers being developed by SNH by March 2006 in relation to the location, design and management of the first CMNP. Our recommendations … Read More »
At least 85 pieces of legislation and 13 UK and Scottish departments govern the marine environment. As a result, marine regulation is piecemeal and management is: sectoral rather than integrated; reactive rather than planned; driven by short term decisions rather than on a long-term basis and based on resource exploitation rather than limited by the … Read More »