The health of our seas has been in steady decline for years – but there are solutions. Right now the Scottish Government is putting in place a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that can help recover our seas. MPAs are already working in Norway, Mexico, and Nova Scotia… and they can work in Scotland too. The science is clear. MPAs can help to recover our seas if they have the right management measures in place.
The Scottish Government has proposed measures for managing fishing in some inshore MPAs. However, there is still a risk that these management measures could be watered down.
#SupportMPAs by contacting your MSP
You can make a difference by letting your local MSP know what you think about the management proposals – particularly if you have an MPA within your constituency. It’s important to let them know that well-managed MPAs can have extensive environmental, social and economic benefits, and that these benefits can help support local communities. Support for MPAs within the Scottish Parliament will make a difference to ensuring that they are considered for the long-term ecological and economic benefits they can bring. If you #SupportMPAs, and want to see management proposals deliver the benefits indicated by scientific evidence, please write to your local MSP.
Let’s make sure our representatives ‘Don’t Take the P’ out of our MPAs. Check out our interactive web map to see what the proposals mean for fishing activities within these MPAs.
Everyone has a stake in this. Our seas are a shared resource and must be managed so that sustainable approaches to fishing, marine tourism, sea angling, diving, aquaculture, recreation and renewables can thrive in our precious coastal waters. MPA management cannot be “business-as-usual” – we need to change the way we manage our inshore waters.
In 2014, over 4,500 people supported our #DontTakeTheP campaign and sent a message to the Scottish Government, highlighting the importance of proper fisheries management for inshore MPAs. The management now proposed (which you can view via our webmap) is much more progressive and will make a real difference to the health of our seas and the many communities that rely on them. We have documented this growing awareness of ‘seabed sense’ and wider support for change, but we still need to keep making sure that no-one takes the ‘P’ out of MPAs.
If you #SupportMPAs please make sure the Scottish Government knows you do too by:
- Sharing our video far and wide | via Facebook | via Youtube | via Twitter
- Contact your MSP (see above)
Read the history to this campaign here.