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Member's debate

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SNP MSP Stuart McMillan led a debate to celebrate world oceans day 2010, which will take place on 8 June.

Mr McMillan congratulated the United Nations for designating a day with the aim of improving the health of the world's oceans.

He acknowledged various events to mark the date across the world and hoped that communities across Scotland would take part or organise their own events.

He also said the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, Scotland's first such Act, went a long way to improve awareness and responsibility for the sustainability of Scotland's seas.

He ended by saying oceans were a most precious resource, naturally beautiful and full of bounty and we should treat them with the respect they deserve.

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said it was a pioneering debate was very timely with the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico.

Ms Cunnigham said Scotland's sea was home to six and a half thousand marine mammals, 50 thousand jobs and created 2.2bn for the economy.

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