MARINE PROTECTED AREAS MUST RESTORE BALANCE SAYS JOHNSTONE
Alison Johnstone, MSP for Lothian and a member of Holyrood’s economy, energy and tourism committee, is giving a cautious welcome to the launch of a Scottish Government consultation on proposed Marine Protected Areas.
Two years ago Alison lodged a motion at Holyrood criticising ministers for their failure to use the 2010 Marine Act to bring forward such proposals.
“A network of Marine Protected Areas is long overdue and I would encourage anyone with an interest in wildlife, tourism, offshore renewables or fisheries to make their views known. All too often short-term financial gain is prioritised over long-term sustainability and hopefully these MPAs will go some way to restoring balance.
“I am concerned that the Scottish Government has framed its consultation using ill-defined jargon such as sustainable economic growth. The priority must be the maintenance of a healthy marine environment, and the protection of the most vulnerable species to ensure we can have tourism, fishing and renewables in the right places and at the right scale.”
Motion on Marine Protected Areas from June 2011