Scotland’s iconic marine species and habitats will be better protected following the designation of 30 Marine Protected Areas. Scottish Government   ‘Sites will protect a range of habitats and species including flameshell beds, feather stars, the common skate and ocean quahog, a large mollusc which can live for centuries. They will also protect sandeels – a […]

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MPs have cast doubt on the Government’s commitment to protect sea life in Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) after less than a quarter of the recommended sites were designated and inadequate enforcement provisions put in place. Report: Marine Protected Areas Report: Marine Protected Areas (PDF) Inquiry: Marine Protected Areas Environmental Audit Committee   Committee Chair   Chair […]

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The EU General Affairs Council has adopted legislation to improve the planning of maritime activities. The new Maritime Spatial Planning Directive will help Member States develop and coordinate various activities taking place at sea so that they are as efficient and sustainable as possible. This means that thedirective is now adopted. It will enter into […]

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Guardian  ‘Drilling will be allowed in national parks in ‘exceptional circumstances’ but ministers retain power to veto plans, Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in “exceptional circumstances”. The government will invite firms to bid for […]

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