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?
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Summary: Members of Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Group strongly support the Demonstration and Research MPA. We believe that it offers an opportunity to put into effect the aspirations of the whole of the local community on Fair Isle for greater involvement in the protection of their local marine resource which they perceive to have been … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Group is grateful for and welcomes the opportunity to respond to the consultation on fisheries prohibitions in the Outer Hebrides. We acknowledge the need to improve fisheries management around the Outer Hebrides and support the Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Group’s efforts to address this need.
In response to the Scottish Government’s preliminary call for comments on the proposal of a Regulating Order (RO) for Nephrops and Scallops in the Firth of Clyde, Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce welcomes the proposal and supports the opening of a formal consultation to discuss the content and structure of this mechanism.
Summary LINK members support the Scottish Government’s process to establish a network of well-managed marine protected areas and develop proportionate management of anthropogenic activities within the sites. Evidence indicates that well-managed MPAs will not only result in an improvement to the environmental condition of Scotland’s seas, but should provide secondary benefits in the form of increased fishing opportunities and … Read More »
LINK Marine Taskforce members (hereafter ‘LINK’) are fully supportive of a network of well-managed, ecologically coherent marine protected areas (MPAs) in Scottish seas. In that context, LINK views all nature conservation MPAs, SACs and SPAs for both their individual ecological merits and their contribution to the wider MPA network. The rationale for our preferred management approach for Luce Bay … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce members broadly welcome the proposals for management of fishing activities within the 11 nature conservation marine protected areas (ncMPAs) and 9 inshore Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) which have been developed following the recent public consultation. We recognise that the proposals are a broadly proportionate response to the ecological need for the sites, supported by … Read More »
The Joint Links (Northern Ireland Marine Task Force, Scottish Environment Link, Wales Environment Link and Wildlife and Countryside Link) submitted a response to the Defra consultation on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Proposals for a Programme of Measures. The group pointed out that, in order to achieve Good Environmental Status, and therefore meet its statutory … Read More »
LINK Marine Taskforce response to the Consultation on Amending the Environmental Liability (Scotland) Regulations 2009 in Scotland to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive 2013, April 2013.
Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce responded to a consultation for developing the first Scottish Marine Tourism strategy in January 2015.
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In response to the Scottish Government’s announcement about fisheries management in inshore Marine Protected Areas and Special Areas of Conservation Environmental organisations have today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement on managing fishing within Scotland’s network of marine protected areas (MPAs). The MPAs include some of the most vulnerable marine wildlife sites in Europe and some … Read More »
In response to the Scottish Government’s announcement of fisheries management in Scottish inshore Marine Protected Areas, the marine taskforce issued the following press release:
Environmental groups have expressed reservations about today’s publication of Scotland’s first National Marine Plan. Following several years of consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny, the Plan paves the way for a more coordinated approach to developments at sea. A coalition of environmental groups have welcomed the general principles underpinning the Plan, but remain concerned that it supports … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce will be hosting the following event: How can marine spatial planning lead to a thriving natural marine environment in Scotland? This event will take place in the Conference Room at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ) on Thursday 12th February 2015 from 2pm – 6pm, followed … Read More »
This press release was issued on the day that the latest iteration of Scotland’s first National Marine Plan was laid before the Scottish Parliament.
This press release was issued on the day that the Scottish Government launched a public consultation about the management of fishing in Scotland’s inshore nature conservation Marine Protected Areas and marine Special Areas of Conservation.
Press release from Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce following the designation of 30 new nature conservation Marine Protected Areas
Press release from Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce following the publication of the Scottish Government’s analysis of responses to the public consultation on MPAs.
Press release from LINK’s Marine Taskforce, 13 November 2013
People have a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the management of Scotland’s seas.
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In February 2015, Scottish Environment LINK hosted a workshop to discuss the topic ‘How can marine spatial planning lead to a thriving natural marine environment in Scotland?’ The workshop brought together around 60 experts, from planners to lawyers, industry to academia, to look at how marine planning can be used to provide benefits to the … Read More »
Commissioned by Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce, this report attempts, for the first time, to estimate the benefits provided by designating a network of Marine Protected Areas for nature conservation in Scottish waters. Why? Because, by understanding the economic benefits provided by the goods and services that a network of MPAs can help support, decision-making … Read More »
A report for Scottish Environment LINK by the Scottish Association for Marine Science. The purpose of this scientific report is to inform the LINK position on the sound management of Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NC-MPAs) following their designation under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. See also: Briefing | Executive Summary
A report for Scottish Environment LINK by the Scottish Association for Marine Science. The purpose of this scientific report is to inform the LINK position on the sound management of Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NC-MPAs) following their designation under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010. If well planned, appropriately resourced and properly managed, MPAs can … Read More »
LINK’s report on effective planning for marine renewables energy in Scotland. Our vision is of a thriving industry that will help reduce the causes of climate change and bring secure long-term jobs, while safeguarding a diverse, productive sea. The aim is to safeguard the environment, so bolster the sustainability and reputation of the burgeoning industry, … Read More »
Recovering Scotland’s Marine Environment; Report to Scottish Environment LINK by David Hughes and Thom Nickell, October 2 2009
A LINK Marine Taskforce report calling for marine protected areas in order to safeguard wildlife of special importance to Scotland. The term Nationally Important Marine Area (NIMA), was used in 2006 by the Marine Nature Conservation Workstream of the then Scottish Executive’s Advisory Group on Marine and Coastal Strategy (AGMACS). It is a convenient term … Read More »
Published October 1990
Published in 1997 A hard copy of this report is available from LINK for a small fee of £3 to cover postage and packing.
Recovering Scotland’s Marine Environment is an independent report by Dr David Hughes and Dr Thom Nickell from the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Focusing on features for which there is good evidence of decline, the report makes a strong case that Scotland’s marine environment is in a far from pristine state and is in real … Read More »
LINK considers that, with the Marine and Coastal Access Bill currently before the UK Parliament at Westminster and the Marine (Scotland) Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, the perfect opportunity exists to devolve responsibility for marine nature conservation now. LINK letter to Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and Convener of … Read More »
The aim of this short position statement on seal conservation is to summarise the current legislation in Scotland and highlight the inadequacies. It is also a call for reform of the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 to address those inadequacies and to reflect the need for effective and comprehensive seal conservation measures.
Scottish Environment LINK s Marine Task Force reject the conclusion of the Appropriate Assessment for oil and gas licensing in Block 17/3, which overlaps the Moray Firth European marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for bottlenose dolphin and sandbanks. LINK believe that the Appropriate Assessment fails to meet the tests set under the EU Habitats Directive … Read More »
In March 2006 Defra, working closely with the Scottish Executive, published the consultation paper on a UK Marine Bill. LINK members believe that this offers a groundbreaking opportunity to manage the seas around the UK in a way that avoids the destructive ‘free-for-all’ that is failing both our seas and coastal livelihoods. The UK-wide consultation … Read More »
By 2008 Scotland will have the UK’s first Coastal and Marine National Park (CMNP). It will be a multiple-use area in which conservation, sustainable fishing, aquaculture, forestry, recreation and tourism will be encouraged. Argyll coast and islands, Lochaber and Skye, the Northwest Highland Coast, the Western Isles, Shetland, and the Solway, Clyde and Moray Firths … Read More »
Pressure on our seas is growing: fish farms, pipelines, tourist boats and dredging machinery all vie for space. These uses can conflict with one another and have adverse environmental impacts, blocking sustainable development and wrecking the economic and social benefits of nature conservation. In contrast to the well-developed terrestrial planning system, no overall framework exists … Read More »
Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Task Force believes that the current regulatory framework does not support the sustainable development and marine conservation aspirations of coastal communities and sea users throughout Scotland. Here are a number of examples to illustrate how current marine management measures are confused and disjointed. Firth Partnerships Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism … Read More »
Scotland has no proper Marine Protected Areas, regions of sea and seabed that receive effective protection from damaging activities. Marine biodiversity protection suffers from the same basic lack of a sustainable management framework that affects management of the marine environment as a whole This discussion paper is 5 of 6, from a series prepared for … Read More »
Difficulties facing Scottish offshore fisheries, such as cod and haddock, have been widely publicised. 17 out of 21 commercial fish stocks are outside their safe biological limits, in other words – at risk of irreversible collapse. However, the future of Scotland’s inshore fisheries is also in the balance. Often overlooked in these difficult times for … Read More »
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A joint letter sent on behalf of Marine Group members and the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network.
Letter to Marine Scotland in relation to the announcement of an independent investigation of the draft National Marine Plan.
Letter from LINK’s Marine Taskforce to the Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, sent 13 June 2014.
Letter to Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead 3rd April 2014
Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine Taskforce welcomed the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee’s intention to include Marine Issues in their 2013 workplan. But noted that, if they were to provide useful input to the process at a stage when decisions were still to be made, this evidence should come earlier in the year.
A letter highlighting support for clarity during the summer 2013 consultation on proposals for a Scottish network of Marine Protection Areas as sent to the Cabinet Secretary for Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment by eight organisations (Association of Salmon Fishery Boards, Community of Arran Seabed Trust, Oil & Gas UK, Royal Yachting … Read More »
Letter to the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing on Protection of Marine Wildife to help protect tourism in conjunction with Press Release