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Sustainable Seas Task Force

Sustainable Seas Task Force

The Sustainable Seas Task Force was launched on January 3 2008 to help develop proposals for legislation and form the basis for a consultation.

The Sustainable Seas Task Force represented the main users of Scotland's seas and reflects the diversity of interests in the marine environment. This contributed to a holistic and integrated approach to marine management.

The proposed legislation sought to balance the much needed protection of marine and coastal biodiversity with the sustainable use of the seas upon which many communities depend.

Following the work of the Sustainable Seas Task Force the Scottish Government undertook a full consultation on a Marine Bill.

Scotland's Seas: Towards Understanding their State

In summer 2007, the Scottish Government asked Fisheries Research Services (FRS), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to start work on assessing the state of Scotland's seas. Knowledge about Scotland's marine environment is important as a baseline as the Sustainable Seas Task Force (SSTF) develops its work and a consultation paper was prepared for the Scottish Marine Bill. "Scotland's Seas: Towards Understanding their State" was launched at the SSTF plenary meeting on April 9 2008. It paved the way for the full Marine Atlas published in 2011.

This report is also available in pdf format.

Page updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011