Ruth Allen

Written 319 posts

Keeping track at Armadale: Update one from the tracking project

21st July 2017

You might remember that at the beginning of July, we told you about a new salmon tracking project that was happening in the north of Scotland. Tagging started on 7 July and by 14th July,  we had tagged 36 grilse. tagging will continue in to Autumn-time and we will keep you updated with progress. Further Information Information…

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Exercise SAXON WARRIOR 17: 1 and 10 August 2017

19th July 2017

Exercise SAXON WARRIOR 17 (SW17) will take place between 1 and 10 August 2017, delivered by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) from Faslane. The coordination of the administration and safety will be arranged in a similar way to a JOINT WARRIOR exercise. SW17 is a programme of exercises conducted across the UK by…

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IA2017 – Benthic habitats affected by bottom fisheries

17th July 2017

OSPAR is committed to protecting and conserving ecosystems and biodiversity through the management of human activities and is guided by an ecosystem-based approach. Benthic habitats play a key role in marine ecosystems because marine species rely directly or indirectly on the seafloor to feed, hide, rest or reproduce. The last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR…

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Recent updates to NMPi

12th July 2017

Some of you may be aware of Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive), Marine Scotland’s key tool for sharing data with stakeholders. It continues the innovation started by Scotland’s Marine Atlas and its follow up e-publication. It’s an online, interactive GIS-based tool allowing you to view different types of information, as map layers, at…

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IA2017 – Marine birds in trouble

10th July 2017

Marine birds are valuable indicators of ecosystem condition. OSPAR assesses the abundance and breeding success of marine birds. In the Norwegian Arctic, the Greater North Sea and the Celtic Seas, there has been a considerable (>20%) drop in abundance compared to the levels observed 25 years ago, for more than a quarter of the marine…

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Can you help us keep track?

6th July 2017

Marine Scotland is tracking salmon from  uly 2017 and would like your help! Atlantic salmon can migrate thousands of miles –  from home rivers to high seas feeding grounds, and back to spawn – but how they find their home river remains a mystery. A number of historic tagging studies have shown that fish captured in…

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IA2017 – The network of OSPAR Marine Protected Areas is expanding

3rd July 2017

Considerable progress has been made in developing OSPAR’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. Since the last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR 2010), a further 289 MPAs have been added to the network, bringing the total number to 448. MPAs now cover 5.9% of the OSPAR Maritime Area compared with a total coverage of only 1.1%…

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OSPAR’s IA2017 – What is it?

30th June 2017

The OSPAR Intermediate Assessment 2017 (or IA2017K) is an assessment of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic and its current status. It’s not the first time they’ve done this – its previous holistic assessment, the QSR 2010, was a culmination of ten years of joint assessment and monitoring by OSPAR Contracting Parties and seven years on, with…

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Another award goes to Plan

29th June 2017

The pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan (PFOW MSP), which was developed by a collaboration of Marine Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and the Highland Council, has won the Excellence in Plan Making Practice category at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The team was presented with the…

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Vacancy – Licensing Operations and Compliance Manager (Closing date 13 July 2017)

27th June 2017

We are currently seeking applications for a Deputy Team Leader/Licensing Operations and Compliance Manager within the Marine Scotland based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the…

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