The RYA and RYA Scotland believe that it is critical that recreational boating is considered in Scotlandï¿½s recently published plans on how Scotlandï¿½s seas are managed in the future.
The Scottish Government has published today marine consultations which include:
- Scotlandï¿½s first National Marine Plan which will provide a single framework to manage all activity in Scottish waters. This will provide clarity to developers and decision makers on Scotlandï¿½s priorities for sustainable use of the sea.
- Proposals for a network of new Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which if designated would increase protection for Scotlandï¿½s iconic marine species and habitats.
- Draft sectorial marine plans which will guide the development of a sustainable and successful offshore renewable energy industry in Scotland.
ï¿½The RYA and RYA Scotland will be working together in responding to these three draft plans and will publish more information on what they may mean for recreational boating once we have examined the documentation for each, comments Caroline Price, RYA Planning and Environmental Manager.
ï¿½We have been working closely with Marine Scotland and other public bodies; together with renewable energy developers in order to ensure that recreational boatingï¿½s interests are recognised and consideredï¿½.
James Stuart RYA Scotland CEO ï¿½It is important that individual boaters engage with these consultations. This is a central point in time for Scotlandï¿½s marine environment and for its on-going development of offshore renewable energy; these plans will set the foundations for the future.
"So it is vital that the boating community as a whole submits its views and responds to the consultation.ï¿½
Marine Scotland will be holding a series of public consultation events around Scotland to explain more about the consultations. These events are free and open to everyone.
You can view the consultation documentation and get details of the public consultation events on the Scottish Governmentï¿½s website.
The consultations will run for 16 weeks until 13 November 2013.
Image: Rockall, Scotland, Crown Copyright 2011 Marine Scotland