Scottish Environment LINK’s Marine group is a coalition of environmental charities, working with the collective vision of achieving healthy, well-managed seas, where wildlife and coastal communities are flourishing and ecosystems are protected, connected and thriving.
The LINK Marine group successfully campaigned for the Marine (Scotland) Act which came into force on the 10th March 2010. The Act radically alters the governance of our seas, and places important duties on Scottish Ministers to, amongst others, protect and where appropriate recover our seas, develop our first ever system of marine planning, and create a network of marine protected areas. The group now continues to work hard to ensure the Act fulfils its promise.
LINK’s Marine project is grateful to the John Ellerman Foundation for its continued support, which currently funds one full time policy officer. The project is also grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for its long term support of this project which ended in 2016. Funding from WWF Scotland currently supported employment of two project officers working LINK’s Marine Group until November 2017.
Scottish Environment LINK is the forum for Scotland’s voluntary environment organisations, with over 35 member bodies representing a broad spectrum of environmental interests with the common goal of contributing to a more environmentally sustainable society. The Marine group comprises of the following organisations: