A major new study of Scotland's marine environment has been announced. The Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Project will be financed by £250,000 from the Scottish Executive.
The study aims to produce recommendations to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources, including fisheries, and renewable power generation.
Environment and rural development minister Ross Finnie said: "Sustainable development is the key to ensure the long-term vitality of rural communities in Scotland, and protect the environment on which they depend. Responding to the ICES report on the state of fish stocks (The Grocer, Oct 26, p8), Finnie said: "What we must do now is work with other European members states and with the industry to identify proposals that address the evidence and that we can argue in the Councils of Europe."