Regional Marine Plans

What outcomes would you like to see delivered by Regional Marine Plans? 

How well are existing Plans working? 

What are the key elements to include in Regional Marine Plans?

Why the contribution is important

The Committee wants to understand what is working well with Regional Marine Plans and what could work better in future. 

by ScotParlCEU on November 15, 2019 at 02:44PM

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  • Posted by TheresaNelson November 27, 2019 at 21:45

    I think that regional marine plans are a good idea in theory. However, only if they are not over-ruled by the goals of a National Marine Plan. What is the point of making regional plans if they can not deviate from a national plan to accommodate the challenges of particular areas.

    For example, the government has set a goal of doubling the production of farmed fish . The Clyde Marine Region is currently seeing many proposals for fish farms. There are many communities that do not want to see the Clyde region covered in fish farms. Does the government goal override the wishes of the people living in the area - especially when the people have sound environmental and economic reasons for their opposition?
  • Posted by john December 13, 2019 at 08:38

    Need to keep land protected for industry and future jobs on the rivers also as pressure for housing development with views of water is leading to industrial capacity being severely restricted for future generations by property developers.
  • Posted by OrkneyMarinePlanning December 13, 2019 at 09:58

    The regional marine plan-making process and outputs are essential for bringing the concept and value of marine planning to local communities, who in turn can ensure a successful Plan. As the Plan has a specific purpose i.e. to provide guidance for licenced activities and support sustainable development whilst protecting the marine and coastal environment, it is somewhat constrained in what it can contain. Therefore, the wider concept of regional marine planning needs to be more widely supported to allow greater flexibility in local engagement. It is recognised however, under current financial constraints, this wider involvement is a significant challenge as most effort is, rightly, focussed on producing a Plan in the first instance.
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