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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-22945

Establishing New No Take Zones

Submitted by: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Monday, October 5, 2020

Supported by: Colin Beattie, Keith Brown, James Dornan, John Finnie, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, David Torrance, Sandra White
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament congratulates everyone involved on the success of the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone (NTZ); notes that a NTZ is an area of sea and seabed from which no fish or shellfish can be taken, including from the shore area; commends what it considers the excellent work carried out by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust to protect and restore the marine environment and ultimately sustain the livelihood of those dependent on fishing and tourism; recognises the positive impact of NTZs on seabed biodiversity and the size, fertility and abundance of commercial species in adjacent areas due to overspill from healthy NTZs; acknowledges what it sees as the success of NTZs internationally, such as in New Zealand, the Isle of Man’s Ramsey Bay and the Green Zones of the Great Barrier Reef; acknowledges what it considers the importance of creating and maintaining a sustainable approach to fishing, and notes the calls on the Scottish Government to consider the establishment of new NTZs in other marine areas at risk of human overexploitation.