Date lodged: 1 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government who is responsible for establishing the effectiveness of the protection given to priority marine features.
Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 27 November 2018
Priority Marine Features are given general protection by the National Marine Plan, and Public Authorities are obligated to comply with these policies. Priority Marine Features are also protected features in some Marine Protected Areas, and there are specific duties on all public authorities to avoid placing these at significant risk through their decision making. The condition of Priority Marine Features is assessed through the Scottish Government monitoring strategy, and therefore the effectiveness of protection can be established once sufficient data has been collected.