Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA questionnaire

Please see the below from Peter Hume, MSc student at Edinburgh University, asking for your input on the potential for management changes to the Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura Marine Protected Area

If you have an economic or personal interest in the area of sea covered by the Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura Marine Protected Area,  would you be willing to spend 20 minutes (probably less) answering an online survey about the potential for ‘Ecosystem Based Management’ within this site?  The survey will be available until 22nd June.

I am a mature student studying a masters in Marine Policy at Edinburgh University.  As someone who spends much of their leisure time on the water, I have an interest in conserving Scotland's marine environment, but as a scientist I appreciate the need for humans to find ways to exploit that environment more sustainably than we currently do so.

My studies focus on ecosystem based management (EBM).  Unlike some conservation models, EBM recognizes that humans are an integral part of the ecosystem, instead of viewing them as an external pressure .  EBM also promotes the understanding that no single aspect of the ecosystem can be efficiently and successfully protected, without protecting the ecosystem as a whole. 

One of the key pillars of EBM is that the human community which uses or values the ecosystem is involved in managing it, at as local a level as possible.  With this in mind, my dissertation aims to assess the level of understanding and enthusiasm for EBM among stakeholders in the Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA.

The survey linked to below is the core part of my dissertation.  While I aim to find a way to work in this field, I would like to emphasize that there are no actions pending upon the outcome of this survey.  It is hoped, however, that the final report will be read by policymakers, and that it will present useful data for current initiatives which are being undertaken in the area.

The survey is mostly comprised of multiple-choice questions and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.  Anonymity is assured, and no names of individuals or companies will be released to the public.  Your input is very much appreciated.

If you have any questions before, during or after completing it, please email me at s1885851@ed.ac.ukThe survey will be available until 22nd June.