Marine Scotland

  • Marine Scotland in joint Agency activity at Buckie harbours and ports

    30th March 2015 by

    Officers from Marine Scotland Compliance and Police Scotland’s Border Policing Command and Aberdeenshire and Moray Division have been involved in a week of engagement activity at harbours and ports within then Buchan area. The activity also saw support from the Border Force, HM Revenue and Customs, National Crime Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Detective...

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  • Update: pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan

    16th March 2015 by

    The pre-consultation versions of the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan, the Sustainability Appraisal, the Socio-Economic Baseline Review and the Regional Locational Guidance are due to be sent to Orkney Islands Council and Highland Council for consideration prior to a formal public consultation beginning in June 2015. The documents will be available on the council...

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  • Marine Scotland supports Seafood in Schools

    16th March 2015 by

    Colleages in Marine Scotland are continuing to support the Seafood in Schools initiative by being involved in workshops around the country, telling children more about the work that we do and answering their questions on all things fishy. Events at schools differ but usually involve a series of workshops designed to teach them where seafood comes from, how...

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  • Oceans and people: The VECTORS Project

    3rd March 2015 by

    What are ecosystem services and how can our understanding of them help to improve the health of our oceans?  The VECTORS project, an EU-funded marine research project, has developed integrated, research-based knowledge of marine ecosystem services, the value of them to society and the willingness of people to accept changes to them. It has also...

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  • Experts to look at ways of accelerating the approval of offshore energy projects

    3rd February 2015 by

    Marine Scotland Science is currently involved in a new project to accelerate and streamline the environmental requirements associated with consents for offshore wind, wave and tidal projects. The RiCORE project, led by the Robert Gordon University (Scotland) and including teams from Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France and Scotland, has been awarded €1.4 million from the European Commission’s...

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  • Women in Research and Innovation (WIRI) Event

    11th November 2014 by

    On Tuesday 4th November, three staff from Marine Scotland spoke at a Women in research and Innovation (WIRI) evening held at Aberdeen City Council Chambers. The WIRI initiative is promoted by the European Commission. The European Union is committed to encouraging girls to pursue science careers. The aim of this event was for the guest...

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  • The many considerations around stocking wild salmon

    25th September 2014 by

    Although young salmon may look very much like one another, it is well established that their metabolic rates when resting are highly variable among families. But what does that mean? A recent publication from an international team, including John Armstrong of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and Simon McKelvey of Cromarty Fisheries (Robertsen et al., 2014)...

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  • Award for the best undergraduate dissertation in marine science

    18th September 2014 by

    At the Challenger Society for Marine Science’s Biennial Conference, a student co-supervised by Dr Bee Berx from the Oceanography Group at Marine Scotland Science (MSS) was awarded a prestigious award for the best undergraduate dissertation in marine science.  Christine McKenna, studying for a BSc in Geography & Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, used...

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  • Scotlands Environment Website want your views!

    26th August 2014 by

    At Scotland’s Environment website, they want to make sure you get the best experience when visiting. They’re currently running a website survey, so why not pop over and tell them what you think and let them know if you have any ideas for further improvements or changes? This only takes a few minutes and we value your...

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  • Update on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) consultation

    12th August 2014 by

    The Government response to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) consultation on proposals for the UK monitoring programmes has now been published. You can find it at: The UK Marine Strategy Part Two has also been published at: This provides a description of the UK’s MSFD marine monitoring programmes. The Directive requires Member...

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