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PE01431: Marine Protected Area for Fair Isle

Rural Affairs

Petitioner: Nicholas John Riddiford on behalf of Fair Isle Community


Date Lodged: 04 May 2012

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to implement a condition of the Council of Europe Diploma to Fair Isle by designating Fair Isle waters as a Marine Protected Area.

Petition History:


12 June 2012: The Committee took evidence from Nick Riddiford and Stewart Thomson, Fair Isle Community and Alexander Bennett, Group Manager - Countryside North, National Trust for Scotland. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Shetland Fishermen's Association, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland, Shetland Islands Council, the University of the Highlands and Islands and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Link to Official Report 12 June 2012 (382KB pdf)

18 September 2012: The Committee agreed to consider the petition further when Marine Scotland has completed its final assessment for development and research proposals. Link to Official Report 18 September 2012 (450KB pdf)

15 March 2013: The Committee agreed to write to Marine Scotland asking when the outcome of the final assessment of the Demonstration and Research proposals will be known. Link to Official Report 15 March 2013 (438KB pdf)

28 May 2013: The Committee agreed to invite Marine Scotland to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 28 May 2013 (471KB pdf)

12 November 2013: The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition until next year once the final assessment of Fair Isle’s Demonstration and Research proposal has taken place. Link to Official Report 12 November 2013 (538KB pdf)

11 November 2014: The Committee agreed to defer further consideration of the petition until early next year and to await the outcome of the assessment of Fair Isle’s Demonstration and Research proposal. Link to Official Report 11 November 2014

26 January 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the proposal meets the criteria for the marine protected area selection guidelines and the Scottish Government is likely to consult on the proposal in 2016. Link to Official Report 26 January 2016  

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