Marine Scotland Communications

Marine Scotland Communications

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Responsible wildlife watching around seals

30th August 2022

Scotland is well known for our diverse flora and fauna, both on land and in the sea. Some of the most iconic species seen around our coasts are seals. Scotland is home to around a third of the world population of grey seals and around 5% of the world population of harbour seals.

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Joint monitoring of Scottish Marine Protected Areas

19th August 2022

Our science colleagues joined with JNCC recently to conduct a monitoring trip of the West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area.

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International blue carbon partnerships awarded £10K

30th June 2022

Blue carbon experts have been successful in their bids for funding following the launch of the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge (BCIPC)

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What are Invasive Species?

20th May 2022

Invasive non-native species (INNS) are plants and animals that have been introduced by humans, either deliberately or accidentally, from an area outside of their native range.

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Progressing Scotland’s Leadership on Blue Carbon

21st April 2022

The Scottish Government has launched the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge (BCIPC) today with awards of £10,000 available for up to 5 projects.

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Studying the critically endangered blue skate

16th March 2022

Our understanding of the distribution, behaviour and biology of the critically endangered blue skate has been greatly increased by recently published research.

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Sharing women’s achievement in our marine directorate

8th March 2022

To mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2022), we are sharing some of the achievements of women working in various roles across the Marine Scotland directorate of the Scottish Government.

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Permanent protection for flapper skate

1st February 2022

A consultation has been launched to gather views on making a Marine Protected Area (MPA) which is protecting the critically endangered flapper skate in the Inner Sound of Skye, permanent.

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Annual monitoring and sampling with Scotia

22nd December 2021

Marine Research Vessel (MRV) Scotia’s annual survey monitoring and sampling in the North Sea and the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC), has ended just in time for Christmas.

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Celebrating 25 years of environmental monitoring

25th October 2021

The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) is celebrating its 25th year of monitoring Scottish coastal seas.

Operated by the Marine Scotland directorate of the Scottish Government, SCObs samples temperature, salt content (salinity), chemistry (nutrients, ocean acidification), microscopic plants (algal pigments, phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton) weekly around the Scottish coast.

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