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The Scottish government has responsibility for creating Nature Conservation marine protected areas in Scotland. They will be called “MPAs”, not “MCZs” as in England and Wales.
At this time (early 2013), the Scottish Government has been presented with 33 proposed MPAs and four MPA search locations (yet to progress to proposal stage) by their nature conservation bodies. These experts say that at least 29 MPAs are needed for a decent network of protected seas. Later this year, the government will say which sites it wants to take forward and will ask the public for their views in a consultation.
The level of protection that an MPA will have will be a separate decision, based on the sort of features the site is meant to protect, and the impact that different activities could have on them.
To find out more have a look at the Scottish Government's information page on MPAs
Briefing 1: MPAs: an introduction
Briefing 2: MPAs: the selection process
Briefing 3: MPAs: ecologically coherent networks
Briefing 4: MPAs: the economic benefits