19th September 2023 by Marine Directorate Communications
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.
12th June 2023 by Marine Scotland Communications
In Spring 2023, the search and rescue skills of colleagues from the Marine Directorate of the Scottish Government on board our Marine Protection Vessel (MPV) Jura were called on to help locate and recover a lost scientific seaglider. This is equipment from the Scottish Association for Marine Science’s (SAMS) Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science Programme (CLASS) project.
9th June 2023 by Marine Scotland Communications
This opinion piece was published in The National to mark World Ocean Day on Thursday 8th June 2023. Scotland’s seas are nearly six times larger than the land area of Scotland and provide our nation with huge potential. So it is fitting that today, on World Ocean Day, we celebrate all that they contribute to...
17th May 2023 by Marine Directorate Communications
On this day in 1880, Helen Stormonth Ogilvie was born who, as far as we know, was the first woman to be employed by the Fisheries Board for Scotland, now the Marine Directorate of the Scottish Government. Born in Dundee, Helen Ogilvie studied at Dundee University College at the time it became affiliated to St...
24th April 2023 by Marine Scotland Communications
The Marine Scotland Directorate of the Scottish Government has statutory and regulatory responsibilities to make sure the fishing industry is complying with regulations for safety, marine conservation, and sustainable use of our seas. We have a number of marine vessels (MVs) and surveillance aircraft around Scotland to maintain protection. This includes the health and safety...
7th December 2022 by Marine Scotland Communications
Registration is now open for the upcoming Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) symposium, which will run for three days from 31 January 2023.
18th November 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
Results from a survey on ocean literacy commissioned as part of Understanding Ocean Literacy and Ocean Climate-related Behaviour Change in the UK published.
16th November 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
The Scottish Wild Salmon Strategy aims to reverse the decline of wild salmon by tackling pressures such as changing river temperatures. Trees can reduce river temperatures by reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the water surface, much like natural parasols. By increasing the amount of woodland next to rivers it is possible to reduce some of the effects of climate change on river temperature.
10th November 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
Project Seagrass examines the major ecological role that seagrasses play and how rethinking their conservation is critical to understanding their part in fighting the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
19th August 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
Our science colleagues joined with JNCC recently to conduct a monitoring trip of the West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area.