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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14528: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 8 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to prohibit the intentional killing or serious injury of marine mammals in all fisheries.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 22 February 2018

The Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations 1994 (as amended) already protects all cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) from deliberate or reckless injury or killing.

The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 similarly protects seals from intentional or reckless injury or killing. There are some permitted exceptions but these are strictly limited and regulated.