Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation

Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) Consultation Closes in April.

The Scottish Government’s vision for the marine environment is for clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas, managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people. Through the Bute House Agreement, Scottish Ministers have committed to designate at least 10% of Scotland’s seas as Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), by 2026. These sites will provide high levels of protection by placing strict limits on some human activities, such as fishing and aquaculture, while allowing non-damaging recreational activities to take place at carefully managed levels.

This consultation which runs until 17 April 2023 is seeking views and comments on a number of key documents that propose how HPMAs will contribute this vision.

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