Save Scottish Seas

Scotland’s seas are world-class; home to amazingly diverse sealife, but they are in decline. Out-of-sight and out-of-mind for years, our marine environment has suffered from a history of unsustainable use. Now MPAs can help our seas to recover.

2014 could prove to be a turning point in the history of Scotland’s seas. The Scottish Government has recently designated 30 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). But for the sake of our environment and economy, Scotland needs these MPAs to be implemented in the right way. They cannot be meaningless paper parks; Scotland’s Marine Atlas shows all too clearly why the status quo is not an option. Our campaign is urging the Scottish Government to put in place a network that will actively recover the habitats and species that make our seas so special. It is a historic opportunity to turn around the declining health of our seas and to protect them for future generations.

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Latest news

The coastal vote

coastal-votePeople across Scotland are waking up to the fact that what happens in our seas increasingly affects us all. And that the policies which determine the way we use our seas are something we, as voters, can influence.

What evidence is there of this? The recent Parliamentary debate of Scotland’s first National Marine Plan was a bit of a watershed moment  (and just one of quite a few recent events that we list below).

It gave strong recognition to the many organisations and people who have a strong interest in the sustainable use of our seas. ‘Offshore’ decision-making is arguably still synonymous with the development of the oil and gas industry; and these significant economic interests, such as multinational energy companies and fishing quota owners, continue to shape Scotland’s marine policy. However, increasingly, a wider cross-section of society … [Continue Reading]