24/07/2014: 30 MPAs Designates
Following the 2013 Marine Protected Areas element of the Planning Scotland’s Seas Consultation 30 new Nature Conservation MPAs have been designated. These have been designated in both Scottish territorial and offshore waters and will contribute to a network to conserve rare or representative species and habitats, allowing them to remain healthy and productive as well as to recover more sensitive species and habitats to a more natural condition.
29/05/2014: Draft National Marine Plan – Independent Investigation
Planning Aid Scotland has been appointed to undertake an independent investigation of the proposals contained in the draft National Marine Plan. As the independent investigator, Planning Aid Scotland will make reasoned recommendations on the draft Plan. This is in exercise of the powers conferred by the Marine (Scotland) Act and UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.