High Economic Value of Marine Protected Areas

Written by on December 5, 2012 in Marine Life
Borve beach, Isle of Harris, Scotland.

Borve beach, Isle of Harris, Scotland. Photo credit: bob the lomond via photopin cc

A recent report determined that the proposed network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scotland’s waters could be worth up to £10 billion in economic benefits over 20 years.

The report, commissioned by Scottish Environment LINK‘s Marine Taskforce, stresses the importance of understanding the value of the marine environment “in economic as well as environmental and social terms” in order to make the best decisions.

The network of MPAs would include both existing and new sites as a way to mitigate against the impacts of extreme weather, to boost fisheries and to expand Scotland’s tourism appeal.

The authors write that the report focuses on the economic benefits of the proposed MPA network because “economics is a language that private and public sectors alike understand.”

“This report illustrates what economic benefits we can hope to see in Scotland should a network of MPAs be used in tandem with other measures to protect and recover our seas. But these benefits will only flow if this network is well-designed and well-managed.”

“What the Scottish government is fully committed to is putting in place the measures needed to ensure protection for our precious marine environment while providing continued support for the economic users of our seas,” said the Scottish government’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead. “MPAs will form an important part of getting that balance right.”

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Sea loch anemones.

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Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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