Safeguarding Scotland’s marine treasures
Scotland’s marine area is vast, making up approximately 60% of UK seas and covering an area six times that of Scotland’s land area.
Our coasts and waters support a rich and diverse array of spectacular wildlife and natural habitats that provide a wealth of benefits to society, from food and jobs to education and inspiration.
Unfortunately, the constant pressure and demands from modern society have led to a decline in the health of Scotland’s seas. To maintain a healthy and productive marine environment we must recognise and rectify the impact human activity has had by implementing effective and sustainable management of our seas. To make real and lasting improvement to the health of the seas it is essential to improve our collective knowledge of the current state of the environment and develop open and constructive dialogue between stakeholders.
The Trust recognises that effective management involves working at both national and local levels. Therefore, the Living Seas project focuses on marine planning and community engagement. Our Marine Planning Officer is responsible for engaging with various stakeholders involved with marine development, conservation and exploitation, and promoting best practice that ensures environmental damage is minimised. Our Communities Officer is responsible for raising awareness of good stewardship and conservation with local communities and increasing public knowledge on the sustainable uses of our seas.
The Living Seas project is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.