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Priority Marine Features in Scotland's Seas 2014

Marine Protected Areas North East Scotland North East Scotland SMPA

Abstract

This document is a list of the Priority Marine Features (PMF) in Scotland's Seas. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) developed this prioritised list of marine features in Scotland to underpin conservation action across Scottish Government’s ‘three-pillar approach’ to effective marine nature conservation as presented in their Marine Nature Conservation Strategy. Following public consultation, the Cabinet Secretary made an announcement on the adoption of this PMF list on 24 July 2014.

The list contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland's seas. It includes many features which are characteristic of the Scottish marine environment, ranging from flame shell beds in coastal waters, to cold-water coral reefs of the deeper seas, and mobile species such as minke whale and basking shark. This list will help focus future marine planning, research and conservation work.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2014·07·24

Lineage
The prioritised list of marine features in Scotland was developed by SNH and JNCC in 2014.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2019·09·24

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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