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.
Joint marine campaign nominated for Nature of Scotland Awards
Our Save Scottish Seas campaign was recently nominated for the Marine Conservation Award – a category of the Nature of Scotland Awards. We are delighted about this.
Our nine members (Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust, Marine Conservation Society, National Trust for Scotland, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, WWF Scotland) have campaigned together for over 10 years to help recover the environmental health of our seas.
You can read the history of our long-running campaign to secure progressive legislation that has paved the way for a network of Marine Protected Areas. We are now at a crucial stage of this campaign: we are on the brink of making a strong case for MPAs for mobile species (such as whales and dolphins) and within a matter of months, key decisions … [Continue Reading]
Scotland’s seas are home to some truly incredible species and habitats. We want to keep it that way. Find out why our seas need greater protection and how that can be achieved.
The life in our seas is fundamentally interconnected by water and the ecosystem processes. Marine protection is meaningless if planning does not account for the fundamental linkages between species and habitats in our seas.
Decades of unsustainable activity has resulted in serious damage to areas of Scotland’s seas. These areas are now in desperate need of recovery. Find out the true state of Scotland’s seas and why we need to restore them to a condition we can all be proud of.