Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation

Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M. and Potts, T. (2016) Scotland's Marine Protected Area network: reviewing progress towards achieving commitments for marine conservation. Marine Policy, 71, pp. 44-53. (doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.015)

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Abstract

Significant progress has been made towards implementing Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks in UK waters, with Scotland successfully designating 30 new Scottish MPA sites in July 2014. This paper reviews the Scottish MPA process up to the point of implementation, summarising the process that led to the designation of the MPA network. In particular, this paper investigates the extent to which the process i) effectively engaged stakeholders; ii) used ecological guiding principles; and iii) considered climate change. In doing so, this paper highlights several key issues if the Scottish MPA network is to move beyond an administrative exercise and is able to make a meaningful contribution to marine biodiversity protection for Europe: i) fully adopt best practice ecological principles ii) ensure effective protection and iii) explicitly consider climate change in the management, monitoring and future iterations of the network.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Dr David
Authors: Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., and Potts, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Marine Policy
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0308-597X
Published Online:24 May 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Marine Policy 71:44-53
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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