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.
Assessing the social impacts of inshore Marine Protected Areas and proposed Priority Marine Feature Management Areas
21st July 2023 by Marine Scotland Communications
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are one tool that the Scottish Government uses to seek to ensure that some of the most vulnerable species and habitats are restored and resilient to future changes by removing the pressures that affect them.
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...
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.
8th August 2022 by Marine Scotland Communications
The vast majority of people in Scotland believe offshore wind has a vital role to play in Scotland’s future, according to a recent study.
30th June 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
Blue carbon experts have been successful in their bids for funding following the launch of the Blue Carbon International Policy Challenge (BCIPC)
16th March 2022 by Marine Directorate Communications
Our understanding of the distribution, behaviour and biology of the critically endangered blue skate has been greatly increased by recently published research.
25th October 2021 by Marine Directorate Communications
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.
17th September 2021 by Marine Directorate Communications
The Scottish Government through the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum has supported the purchase of a drone for Project Seagrass. The equipment will be used to map Scotland’s seagrass habitats and support community mapping and habitat restoration projects.
26th January 2021 by Marine Directorate Communications
In Scotland's Marine Assessment 2020, our recently published web portal looking at the state of our seas, one of the case studies - Case study: Nova Innovation - Shetland Tidal Array highlights the role tidal energy can play in reaching our net zero ambitions and showing just how much power can be generated by one tidal turbine.