Consultations and Petitions

Cover image – Devonshire Cup Coral © Howard Wood COAST


Consultation responses are a good way to get your community’s voice heard on local and national issues that are important to you. They can also help with organising your group or seeking clarity and consensus around issues your community wants to speak on collectively.

You can visit Citizen Space – the Scottish Government’s consultation hub – which lists all consultations.

Highly Protected Marine Areas

Proposals to develop Highly Protected Marine Areas launched. Closes on 20 March 2023.

Find more information and how to respond here.


Online petitions can be an excellent way to show public support for, or against, something and some can even be debated in Holyrood or Westminster if they receive a certain level of support.

Open petitions shared by members, friends and supporters are listed below.

Bring Back the Fish – Bring Back Scotland’s #InshoreLimit

We call on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing.

Find out more about the OurSeas Coalition.