Although a small nation, Scotland has a comparatively large proportion of north-west European seas. Scotland is therefore a major stakeholder, with significant responsibility for conservation of the marine biodiversity and protection of the livelihoods of coastal communities, not only of Scotland but also of Europe as a whole. The second term of the Scottish Parliament provides new legislative, policy making and organisational prospects. The Scottish Parliament and Executive must seize this opportunity to safeguard the marine and coastal splendour that surrounds Scotland for the benefit of marine life and future generations. Member bodies of Scottish Environment LINK look forward to helping realise this opportunity.