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Scotland unveils national marine plan

Scotland’s plan will shape the national objectives and policies surrounding Scotland’s coastal and marine management and is now out for consultation.

Creation of the National Marine Plan is a major component of the Marine (Scotland) Act and will for the first time set out national strategy. It will aim to ensure sustainable economic growth of marine industries, while taking the environment into account, and will set out policies including economic, social and marine ecosystem objectives.

“A pre-consultation draft of the National Marine Plan is now available. Over the next 12 weeks we will be seeking views on this document as the first stage in delivering the final plan in 2012,” said Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead.

“The significance of the Marine Plan is immense. It will cover reserved as well as devolved issues and contain targets for the next five, 10 and 40 years in key areas such as renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture, conservation, recreation and tourism, ports and harbours and shipping.”

The newly published Marine Atlas for Scotland provides a unique evidence base on the marine environment and activity and will support the Plan. To aid the pre-consultation process a Sustainability Assessment (including a strategic environment assessment) will go out along with the pre-consultation draft of the Plan.

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