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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21983: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to work with the marine tourism sector to deliver a cleaner, greener marine environment.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 19 March 2019

The Scottish Government values the contribution the marine tourism sector makes to inclusive growth, including in remote and fragile communities. Scotland’s Industry led Marine Tourism Strategy ‘Awakening the Giant’ sets a framework for the sector to work collaboratively, to protect and enhance the natural assets on which the industry depends, whilst delivering sustainable economic growth.

The Scottish Government promotes the Scottish Marine Wildlife Watching Code to ensure that wildlife watching is carried out sustainably and not to the detriment of wildlife or the environment. The Scottish Government funds many initiatives that help deliver a cleaner and greener marine environment by reducing marine litter. Several of these directly engage with tourists such as KIMO’s ‘Pick up 3’ campaign which encourages beach visitors to pick up 3 pieces of litter with each visit, and our Local Coastal Partnerships which each run different campaigns and projects to reduce irresponsible litter disposal at our beaches.

The Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 will further spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy the natural environment and wildlife of Scotland’s unrivalled coasts and waters, along with encouraging responsible engagement and participation to secure a cleaner, greener marine environment.