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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-03021: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 20 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will monitor the annual impact of marine protected areas on the inshore fishing industry.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 28 September 2016

The Scottish Government is currently gathering evidence to monitor and assess the socioeconomic effect of marine protected area (MPA) management using the following methods:

(a) interviews representatives of various marine user groups;

(b) Marine Scotland compliance enforcement activities;

(c) analysis data on fish landings since introduction of MPA management measures; and

(d) case studies of selected coastal communities.

The Scottish Government will provide a first report at the end of 2016.