Marine Scotland

  • The Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan needs your vote!

    20th July 2016 by

    The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Plan area supports a diverse marine economy and a vast majority of the area is used for multiple activities, meaning there is a potential for competition and conflict. To try and address this, this area was chosen to pilot the development of a marine spatial plan, aimed at supporting sustainable...

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  • Listening for Marine Mammals

    3rd June 2016 by

    The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study (ECOMMAS) array continued collecting data in 2016. On the 28th of April Alba na Mara sailed from Fraserburgh to deploy moorings at 10 station locations along the Scottish East Coast. The trip lasted 10 days and all the moorings were deployed successfully. The marine mammal listening array extends...

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  • European Maritime Day: Part One – the NorthSEE project

    18th May 2016 by

    The 18th and 19th May celebrate European Maritime Day (EMD) – the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and agree joint action on work connected to the marine environment. EMD 2016 has been organised in cooperation with the City of Turku and the Finnish government and focuses on the theme of “Investing in competitive...

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  • Scottish Marine Tourism and Recreation webcast

    13th May 2016 by

    According to the Scottish Marine Recreation and Tourism Survey report published in March this year, marine recreation and tourism expenditure in Scotland is estimated to amount to £3.7 billion per year. About the survey: More than 2,500 responses, many more than any other similar survey in Scotland; Covers 23 different recreation and tourism activities; and,...

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  • Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan approved

    22nd March 2016 by

    The pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan has now been finalised following endorsement by Orkney Islands Council and the Highland Council and ministerial approval. Now the Plan has been approved it will be used by the Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team as a material consideration in the determination of marine licensing and...

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  • What lies beneath Rockall?

    18th December 2015 by

    Rockall, a tiny island not much bigger than a house, sits on the very extremity of Scotland’s marine environment. Some 180 miles due west of St. Kilda, it is buffeted year round by the extreme winds and swell that the North Atlantic weather generates. As such, it is Scotland’s only truly offshore shallow water ecosystem....

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  • Making the most of marine data

    15th December 2015 by

    In the latest Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) ‘The Nature of Scotland’ magazine is an article highlighting the importance of marine data to managing Scotland’s seas sustainably. This timely article, co-written with Marine Scotland, sets out the growing use of data in support to such initiatives as the designation of Marine Protected Areas and, equally as...

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  • Marine Analytical Unit monthly update – 25 November 2015

    1st December 2015 by

    This month’s update from the Marine Analytical Unit has been published, featuring an article reporting on Stakeholder participation and satisfaction in the process of developing management plans. Read the full update

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  • Scotland’s National Marine Plan – how did we do?

    1st September 2015 by

    Scotland’s National Marine Plan is the first national Marine Plan that has been published in the United Kingdom and the process used to create it was a new one. Following its publication, we are now looking at how the Plan was created and have created a survey to find out what went well and what went less well. The lessons...

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  • Recreation and Tourism Survey

    3rd August 2015 by

    Marine Scotland is launching its first national survey of recreation and tourism around the Scottish coast and seas. It covers a vast array of activities and tourism businesses in, on or next to the sea and by telling us who does what and where the survey will help recreation be appropriately recognised in the marine...

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