Report 518
JNCC's advice on scientific questions raised in relation to offshore waters during the 2013 Marine Scotland consultation on Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
(May 2014)
JNCC
This report provides JNCC's scientific advice to Marine Scotland on broad issues raised in 40 consultation reponses, as well as our scientific advice in response to questions on pMPAs located within Scotland's offshore waters.
 

Summary

 

Over the summer of 2013, the Scottish Government undertook a public consultation on possible Nature Conservation MPAs (pMPAs), alongside parallel consultations on the draft National Marine Plan, Priority Marine Features (PMFs) and draft sectoral plans for offshore renewable energy.

Marine Scotland sought JNCC’s advice on some broad scientific issues raised in their consultation responses, and site specific advice in response to questions on pMPAs located within Scotland’s offshore waters.  Our advice only focuses on matters raised during the consultation that were of a scientific nature, and does not respond to legislative and policy interpretation issues, or questions relating to policy for MPA management.

  

 
ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: JNCC, (May 2014), JNCC's advice on scientific questions raised in relation to offshore waters during the 2013 Marine Scotland consultation on Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), JNCC Report 518, ISSN 0963 8901