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Richard Lochhead: Any development likely to have a significant effect on the marine environment must be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as required by The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000. A range of EIA studies are undertaken by the developer to identify the current status of the marine environment. This considers the potential impacts related to a proposed development as well as the proposed mitigation and any residual effects. Environmental concerns identified include: benthic ecology, marine mammals, fish and shellfish, seabirds, water and sediment quality, terrestrial and intertidal ecology, landscape, seascape and noise.