Leading nature conservation charity, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is broadly welcoming the Scottish Government’s formal adoption of Scotland’s first ever National Marine Plan.
The announcement made on Monday by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Richard Lochhead, sets a single planning framework for all activities in Scottish seas.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust has reacted positively but believes proper implementation of the plan will be key to its success.
living Seas Manager for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Alex Kinninmonth, said:
“The adoption of Scotland’s first ever National Marine Plan is a welcome step forward in efforts to ensure that our use of the seas is sustainable and Scotland’s amazing wildlife is safeguarded.
“Implementing the plan around the Scottish coastline will be challenging and will require significant resources and collaboration but after many years of campaigning we are pleased that the broad foundations now exist for a marine planning system that aims to secure healthy seas for future generations.”
Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Jonny Hughes, added:
“The publication of Scotland’s first ever National Marine Plan is a milestone in the history of Scottish seas.
“That history is a history so often characterised by plunder and damage rather than wise use and good stewardship.
“Our seas are shared commons and it’s in our economic interests to ensure they are healthy and productive.
“The National Marine Plan is one tool for helping us achieve such healthy, wildlife-rich seas and is a welcome step forward by the Scottish Government.”