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A consultation is seeking the views of people and organisations along the Firth of Clyde.
The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership (CMPP) survey is an important opportunity for coastal communities, individuals, businesses and other organisations to learn more, ask questions and contribute their feedback on the draft Clyde Regional Marine Plan (CRMP).
The consultation runs until May 27 and features a range of public events where people can learn more about it.
This is the first opportunity for wider stakeholders and the general public to read the CMPP’s draft plan and provide feedback.
Once the consultation is complete, the plan will be revised based on feedback and will be shared again during a 12-week statutory consultation.
The final regional marine plan will be adopted by Scottish ministers and will form part of the statutory framework for managing the seas, already established more broadly by the National Marine Plan.
Isabel Glasgow, chairwoman of the CMPP, said: ‘This is a very important milestone in the development of regional marine planning for the Clyde.
‘The CRMP is testament to the work and commitment of regional stakeholders who have worked together to reach this stage. I hope that as many people and organisations as possible will find the time to have their say.
‘We look forward to hearing these wider views and feedback on the draft plan, and taking these into account in the next phase of plan development.’
The draft CRMP addresses a wide variety of issues across the region, such as climate change, sea-level rise and coastal change, the spread of non-native species, and marine litter.
The plan also focuses on sustainable development including sea fisheries;
aquaculture; sport, recreation and tourism; shipping, ports, harbours and ferries.
There is also a need for regional marine planning to consider land-sea interactions and the CMPP works closely with the region’s nine planning
authorities to integrate the land and sea planning systems.
The Marine (Scotland) Act came into force in 2010 and aims to safeguard the future of Scotland’s seas.
It introduces a duty to protect and enhance the marine environment while including measures to boost economic investment and growth in different sectors.
The Scottish National Marine Plan (2014) established a single framework for managing inshore waters, out to 12 nautical miles, and offshore waters, 12 to 200 nautical miles, and set out an overarching structure for marine activity.
Plans for the 11 Scottish marine regions consider regional issues, working on a smaller ecosystem scale and working with regional stakeholders.
For a full list of events go to www.clydemarineplan.scot or contact 0131 314 6782.