Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce, which is a coalition of environmental charities, working with the collective vision of achieveing healthy, well-managed seaswhere wildlife is flourishing, ecosystems are protected, connected and thriving, and coastal communities are sustained have commissioned a study into the potential economic benefits of creating a network of Scottish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It’s findings were quite profound.
Using the same methodology as Defra-commissioned research undertaken for the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act, researchers found that creating a network of Scottish marine protected areas (MPAs) could provide benefits to Scotland to the tune of £10billion over the next 20 years, and potentially more.
As well as the obvious commercial values that flow from the sea, such as fish and shellfish stocks and marine tourism, there are a whole range of hidden benefits delivered by Scotland’s seas and its habitats and species. Removing pollutants from the sea, mitigating the effects of climate change and recycling nutrients are just some of these less obvious ‘ecosystems services.’ Others include leisure and recreational values and the cultural importance of having a healthy sea, home to amazing creatures such as fish, whales and seabirds.
Creating a network of Marine Protected Areas would help secure these benefits for the future. For more information please click here:
Report puts £6.3-10bn value on potential Scottish MPA network - For Argyll - December 3rd 2012
Network of marine protected areas could boost economy by £10bn - STV news - December 3rd 2012
Sea protection network 'worth £10bn' - Herald Scotland - December 3rd 2012
Marine protection network could be worth £10bn says report - BBC News - December 3rd 2012
Protecting Scotland's seas could be worth £10bn, claims report - Scotsman - December 3rd 2012
Report backs sea protection network - Scotsman - December 2nd 2012