Follow the science on man-made structures in the ocean

Follow the science on man-made structures in the ocean

The government should be following scientific advice as it determines its policies across the board, and particularly for environmental decisions. A priority for this Parliament’s environment-focused committees should be scrutinising the government’s commitment to sound scientific research in relation to man-made structures in the marine environment. Whether it is a decision about removing structures at the end of their life or deploying large scale arrays of renewable energy structure, we should utilise Scotland’s world-leading science to determine how these man-made materials can be used to mitigate the pressures on the marine ecosystem or the opportunities they provide for enhancing marine biodiversity. The influence of these man-made structures is hugely important to the blue economy and Parliament should prioritise investigating the role scientists play in this area.


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