Marine Scotland

  • Supporting a collaborative approach to tackling marine litter

    24th September 2021 by

    During Recycle Week (20-26 September) we are revisiting support the Scottish Government has provided to businesses and projects to enhance the protection, value and enjoyment of our marine environment.

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  • Monitoring plastic beach litter

    21st September 2021 by

    Laying out litter ready to be cleaned and weighed

    Beaches in the north east of Scotland were up to six times cleaner between 2019 and 2020 compared to previous surveys in the area, a new scientific paper has found.

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  • Does marine litter concern correlate with changing habits?

    27th July 2021 by

    Colleagues collecting litter on an Aberdeen beach. Crown copyright

    Does marine litter concern correlate with changing habits? Our colleagues conducted a study on this subject - they share their insights here.

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  • Plastic Free July

    13th July 2021 by

    Picking a piece of a Plastic Bottle from the Beach at Aberdeen Harbour

    Today is Plastic Bag Free Day, a global initiative that aims to eliminate the use of single-use plastic bags. So, to acknowledge this day, we’d like to highlight some of the important work that we, in Marine Scotland, do to reduce the amount of plastic and marine litter from entering our amazing aquatic environment.

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  • British Science Week 2021

    5th March 2021 by

    Flame shell

    To celebrate British Science Week 2021 Marine Scotland has produced some new videos to put the spotlight on the importance of our seas, oceans and freshwaters. So join us to learn more about the seas and climate change and to find out what it’s like working in the lab. These talks are suitable for Secondary 2 to 6 pupils.

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  • Sustainable Shipping for World Maritime Day

    24th September 2020 by

    Marine protection vessel Hirta. Crown copyright

    What is MARPOL? MARPOL, or to give it its full title – the International Convention For The Prevention of Pollution From Ships – was first adopted by the International Maritime Organisation in 1973 after a spate of oil and chemical tanker incidents resulted in vast amounts of pollution being created in the world’s oceans. In...

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  • Time for Some Marine Themed Fun

    2nd April 2020 by

    If you’re stuck for some fun, educational things to do at the moment then look no further than our Marine Education Zone. Below, our Comms Team has recommended some of their favourite Marine Scotland themed resources to keep boredom at bay – so check them out and share your creations. You can tweet your finished...

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  • Sampling with Sir John

    12th November 2019 by

    MRV Sir John Murray Programme Survey: 0119SJM Duration: 11-19 November 2019 Sampling Gear: 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end – Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Demersal trawl with 50 mm cod-end – SEPA Day grab and table – SEPA Catamaran and neuston net – Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Nisken water bottle – MSS...

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  • Mud, Fish and Marine Litter

    23rd January 2019 by

    Bass Rock from survey 0119S

    The first survey of the year for the MRV Scotia (0119S) involved sailing around Scotland for two weeks collecting a range of samples such as: water, fish, mud, marine litter. Below is a picture of the team obviously looking forward to being away for two weeks. The Scotia sailed from Leith on a surprisingly calm...

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  • Camera Trials and Nephrops Trawls – An Update

    21st January 2019 by

    Alba na Mara

    After a timely departure from Fraserburgh on Saturday the 5th of January, Alba na Mara sailed for the west coast to carry out underwater TV work on Nephrops grounds. The first task involved deploying a time lapse camera, attached to a large frame, in Upper Loch Torridon.  This was followed by a short steam to...

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