Proposals for the creation of an independent Scottish sea police force have been put to the Scottish government.

Proposals for the creation of an independent Scottish sea police force have been put to the Scottish government. The new force would help coastguard and customs, and be responsible for policing environmental marine crime and fisheries in coastal waters up to 12 miles offshore.

It would be directly answerable to the Scottish government. The proposal has been put forward by the Green Party which hopes the idea will be included in the forthcoming Scottish Marine Bill.

“A strong Marine Bill is vital to the future of Scotland’s waters”, said MSP Robin Harper, “breaches of existing regulations go largely unpunished”.