Date lodged: 29 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made toward the implementation of its first national marine plan.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 9 September 2016
Scotland’s first National Marine Plan was adopted in March 2015. The plan provides a framework for planning and regulatory decisions affecting the marine environment. Implementation has therefore focussed on raising awareness of the plan’s policies and monitoring their impact on licensing decisions. We have also undertaken a series of activities to inform relevant authorities of their obligations. These activities have included attendance at relevant conferences and training events; consideration of material submitted to the Scottish Government Development plan gateway; publication of Planning Circular 1/2015 on the relationship between statutory land use planning system and marine planning and licencing; supporting the development of regional marine planning; and publication of guidance material on National Marine plan online - http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/seamanagement/national. Information on implementation will be fed into the review of the plan in 2018.