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 »
A briefing for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee Debate on Deer Management in Scotland, taking place in Parliament on Tuesday 2 May 2017.
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 »