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Thirty new marine protected areas declared in Scotland

Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-marine-areas-declared-scotland.html#jCp

 

The Scottish Government has announced the designation of 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in its waters.


The designation of this MPA is due, in large part, to the great work of FFI's partner, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) which campaigned hard for its inclusion in the network.Among them is the South Arran MPA which is located on the Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde, west Scotland. As Scotland's first community-led MPA, this protected area received an extraordinary level of support from the public.

Protective layers

The new South Arran MPA will encompass Scotland's only no-take zone in Arran's Lamlash Bay, helping to build on the recovery in fish and shellfish stocks already being seen there. COAST was also the driving force behind the establishment of this no-take zone, which was designated following 13 years of campaigning by the organisation and its supporters.

In the five years since it was established, the no-take zone (which is completely closed to fishing) has begun to show signs of recovery, with sealife more abundant and diverse inside the reserve than outside.

While certain fishing activities will be allowed in the new MPA, it will ensure better management and protection of the waters surrounding the no-take zone, thus amplifying the benefits.

 

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