Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, visited us at Scotland’s first MPA visitor centre, the Octopus Centre, in September 2018. COAST was pleased to see her interact with the new exhibitions and display her knowledge! Whilst she was on Arran she committed to taking action on biodiversity and climate change.
Through the Priority Marine Features review, Cunningham has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to right the wrong done to Scottish coastal communities, their ecosystem and fisheries. To protect our extraordinary sea life, safeguard Scotland’s blue carbon stocks captured in our seagrass, kelp and maerl beds, recover the diverse and healthy fisheries we used to have and promote low impact sustainable fishing, she needs to reinstate the 3 nautical mile limit to destructive fishing techniques. Ideally, she will extend it to a “Sustainable Six” mile limit that permits fishing and other economic activities where proven to be sustainable. Read more in this article by Open Seas.