Give Scotland full marine powers, says Lochhead Published: 13 March, 2007
SCOTTISH National Party Shadow Environment, Rural Affairs and Fisheries Minister Richard Lochhead has welcomed plans from the Scottish Marine Advisory Group to extend marine powers but said they need to go further.
Mr Lochhead was commenting after the Executive’s Advisory Group on
Marine and Coastal Strategy (AGMACS) put forward its recommendations
to manage the different uses of Scotland’s seas which would include
creating a Scottish Marine Management Organisation to give the
Scottish parliament new marine powers 200 miles out to sea.
Mr Lochhead said:
“The Scottish Parliament is bereft of powers over our precious marine
environment and this key report from the Minister’s own advisers adds
momentum to the SNP’s campaign for that to change.
“It is absurd that the EU, the UK Government and international
agreements have more say over our seas than Holyrood when Scotland is
a marine nation with one quarter of Europe’s waters. The Environment
Minister Ross Finnie claims he supports protecting our seas yet
Scotland doesn’t even have the power to stop a leaky oil tanker from
entering Scottish waters.
“It’s time for Scotland to have full marine powers. An SNP government
will demand that marine powers are transferred to the Scottish
Parliament so that Scotland can protect its marine environment.”