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Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: Reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation

Hopkins, Charlotte Rachael; Bailey, David Mark; Potts, Tavis

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David Mark Bailey

Tavis Potts



Abstract

Significant progress has been made towards implementing Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks in UK waters, with Scotland successfully designating 30 new Scottish MPA sites in July 2014. This paper reviews the Scottish MPA process up to the point of implementation, summarising the process that led to the designation of the MPA network. In particular, this paper investigates the extent to which the process i) effectively engaged stakeholders; ii) used ecological guiding principles; and iii) considered climate change. In doing so, this paper highlights several key issues if the Scottish MPA network is to move beyond an administrative exercise and is able to make a meaningful contribution to marine biodiversity protection for Europe: i) fully adopt best practice ecological principles ii) ensure effective protection and iii) explicitly consider climate change in the management, monitoring and future iterations of the network.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-09
Journal Marine Policy
Print ISSN 0308-597x
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 71
Pages 44-53
APA6 Citation Hopkins, C., Bailey, D., & Potts, T. (2016). Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: Reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation. Marine Policy, 71, 44-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.015
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.015
Keywords Climate change; Conservation policy; Marine conservation; Marine Protected Area networks; Scotland
Related Public URLs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X16303001?via%3Dihub

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