The Scottish Parliament has introduced
The new regulations mean a simpler system for marine planning, licensing and consents, to be developed and delivered by Marine Scotland.
The bill has been welcomed by industry experts who raised concerns over a fragmented approach towards renewable tidal and wave power in
Martin McAdam, chief executive of Edinburgh-based marine group Aquamarine, said: ‘
‘We have a vast resource; we have vital engineering and manufacturing skills; as a nation, we have the necessary drive and determination to lead this brand-new industry.
‘At this early stage in its development, the marine-energy industry needs consistent support to help it reach its full potential.
‘It’s not just funding and investment that is required; it is solutions that save our most precious commodity: time.
‘I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised this and has established Marine Scotland.
Scottish seas account for a quarter of
According to McAdam, the industry has the potential to provide
In response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the bill, Aquamarine has highlighted the importance of a marine science strategy and a centralised data-gathering process.
McAdam added: ‘The Scottish Government must develop a focused approach to gathering scientific data about our seas and a streamlined mechanism for analysing this data.
‘This knowledge will be key to aligning technological innovation with the sustainable capacity of our seas.
‘This week, I will write directly to the first minister to recommend that the Scottish Government commissions a study of the success story of the renewable energy industry in European countries such as Germany and Denmark.
‘I believe that by learning from our fellow European nations,