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SCOTTISH MARITIME PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY

Monday July 29th, 2013
SCOTTISH MARITIME PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY

The Scottish Government has published plans for the countryís first National Maritime Plan, which aims to provide a single framework to manage all activity in Scottish waters. It will also provide guidance and clarity to developers regarding sustainable use of the sea. It also covers proposals for a Nature Conservation of Marine Protected Areas network to protect Scotlandís marine species and habitats.

RYA planning and environmental Manager Caroline Price said, 'The 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... We have been working closely with Marine Scotland and other public bodies; together with renewable energy developers in order to ensure that recreational boating's interests are recognised and considered.'

RYA Scotland CEO, James Stuart, added. 'It is important that individual boaters engage with these consultations... This is a central point in time for Scotland's 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.'
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