Transcript of the debate
A number of issues were raised by MSPs including:
- The formation and status of Marine Scotland (the Marine management organisation) and its relationship with the government. Debate has intensified over the Independence of Marine Scotland and whether it should be a non departmental public body. Also issues of governance such as appeals bodies, engagement with science, and links to other arms of government have been raised.
- Concerns over the legislative process for the Bill and Marine Scotland - particularly Marine Scotland being set up before the Bill has been drafted and a lack of debate over its role and function.
- The balance between economic and environmental principles and application through marine planning - particularly the issue of marine conservation zones, and emphasis on development in the bill.
- The size and governance of the proposed regional marine planning zones and access by all interested stakeholders in marine planning and conservation.
Expect a lot more posts on the emerging Marine Bill and what it means for Scotland and the UK in the coming months....