#HowDeepIsYourLove? Sign our petition to Scottish Government by 30th November
Despite a recent EU ban on deep-sea bottom-trawling below 800m, many fragile areas of Scotland’s seabed still remain at risk from the effects of trawl nets being dragged along the seafloor. We have a chance now to protect our offshore deep-sea waters – including those shallower than 800m – an irreplaceable asset. How Deep Is Your Love? Will you sign our petition to the Scottish Government? Sign here
Beyond the continental shelf, hundreds of metres below the water, our seabed is alive, home to slow-growing corals and sponges. These are extremely fragile habitats, still little-understood. What we do know is that they support our precious fish species, mammals, deep-sea squid and the whole ocean food chain. That’s why we now have new Marine Protected Areas to help protect and recover these areas from damaging activities, including heavy bottom-towed fishing gear. How Deep Is Your Love? Sign here
As citizens we have a responsibility to look after our seabed and our marine life. We all have a relationship with the sea – now is the time to tell the Scottish Government how much we as a society value our deep seas. Sign our campaign letter here to show just how deep Scotland’s love is! Sign here
Support a member action
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises. Visit their website to find out how you can support the work of HWDT and ensure the conservation of our whales, dolphins and porpoises in their natural environment.
Pledge your support for a comprehensive network of MPAs around Scotland and the Marine Conservation Society will let you know how and when you can get involved as their campaign for protection progresses.
The National Trust for Scotland has properties all around the coast of Scotland, including a number in the western and northern isles. We have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved with conserving and managing our properties, with activities such as biological surveys, beach cleans, painting and path maintenance.
Check out RSPB Scotland’s work to safeguard our sealife, including campaign work for 14 marine SPAs to better protect Scotland’s struggling seabirds.
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
The Scottish Ornithologists’ Club, through its members, volunteers and recorder network, plays a central role in recording and documenting Scotland’s seabirds. Find out how to support our work and make your observations count.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust believes that new MPAs are vital to safeguard the amazing marine wildlife in our seas and will be working hard to make them a reality. Visit scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/ and follow them on twitter @ScotWildlife to keep up to date with The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s campaigns and Scottish wildlife news.
WWF Scotland’s marine work is focused on ensuring our valuable fisheries have a future and promoting the effective implementation of the Marine (Scotland) Act. Further information including updates on WWF’s policy and campaign work in this area can be found on the WWF website.
Make a Video!
We need MPAs to help protect and recover our seas. People from around Scotland have taken part in our video to share why they feel this is so important and why they love Scotland’s seas. You can share your own views with a short film clip to explain why you want Marine Protected Areas and what you love about Scotland’s seas. Your films will then be shared on our Save Scottish Seas video map so the message is loud and clear.
Like our Facebook page
You can show your support for the Save Scottish Seas campaign, by simply visiting the Facebook page and liking it! That way you can keep up-to-date with the latest news about Marine Protected Areas in Scotland and the work of campaign 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 & Dolphin Conservation, WWF Scotland.
Follow the campaign on Twitter
Follow Save Scottish Seas on Twitter @SaveScotsSeas and we can join you in conversation about how to recover Scotland’s marine environment. 2015 is an important year for the Scottish seas. The Scottish Government are currently consulting on the future design and management of Scotland’s marine protected area network and it is everyone’s chance to have a say – keep up-to-date with the MPA process on Twitter.
Contribute a blog
The Save Scottish Seas blog welcomes contributions from individuals and organisations who support MPAs and share an interest in the future of Scotland’s seas. It is a forum to share ideas and news. If you would like to contribute an article, please get in touch.