A new report highlighting the economic benefits of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in Scottish waters estimates the worth to be £6.3 to £10 billion over 20 years.

A new report highlighting the economic benefits of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in Scottish waters estimates the worth to be £6.3 to £10 billion over 20 years.

The report, commissioned by Scottish Environment Link only takes into account the onsite benefits of protected areas. The true economic value of a network of MPA's could be far higher as the increased fish populations spill over into non protected areas.

The sites with the greatest economic value were those where emphasis was placed on protecting nursery and spawning grounds crucial to a number of different species. Benefits included reversing the decline of fish stocks, healthier local economies, and increased marine tourism, not to mention the unquantifiable benefits of increased nutrient recycling and coastal protection.

Scottish Environment Link are calling on the Scottish government to honor their international commitments to create a network of Ecologically Coherent Network of marine conservation zones.

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