The convoluted 11,800km of the Scottish Coastline makes up 8% of Europe's coast and Scotland is responsible for an estimated 88,597 km2 of...
The convoluted 11,800km of the Scottish Coastline makes up 8% of Europe's coast and Scotland is responsible for an estimated 88,597 km2 of sea enclosed within its 12-mile territorial limit, making 53% of Scotland's administrative territory marine. Scotland's goal of a sustainable economy recognises our dependence on marine biodiversity and the ecosystem that supports natural services for a variety of industries and coastal communities. Healthy marine biodiversity and ecosystem is essential to maintain this section of the Scottish economy and the core to Scotland's vision for an Ecosystem Based Approach to management for generations to come.
This paper looks at how Scotland collects marine information to inform sustainable management and how Scottish organisations work together and share information. The paper looks at current monitoring and surveillance programmes and how they are related to indicators of ecosystem health as they are understood within Scottish waters. The paper asks if we can provide enough sound science and understanding to meet the standards required by Scottish, UK, European and International legislation, and where information gaps are identified asks if we can gain the right information through "People Science" and as a result contribute to a better public understanding of our marine environment.