• Workshop on Physical Damage Indicator development for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

    16th June 2014 by

    Marine Biological Association, Plymouth 26-27 February 2014 Participants AFBI, MBA, Heriott-Watt University, Bioconstruct, University of Liverpool, JNCC, DEFRA, Natural England, BGS, BRGM, SEPA, CEFAS, MSS, Plymouth University, BFN, SNH, Natural Resources Wales, IECS, Museum National D’Histoire Naturelle, Cornwall IFCA, and DOENI were all represented. Aims:  Mike Robertson attended a workshop intended to further develop a...

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  • Good Practice Guide for Underwater Noise Measurement published

    15th April 2014 by

    A Good Practice Guide for Underwater Noise Measurement has been published, giving guidance on best practice for in-situ measurement of underwater sound, for processing the data, and for reporting the measurements using appropriate metrics. From a scientific point of view, accurate acoustic measurements are needed for a diverse range of disciplines such as acoustical oceanography,...

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  • Marine Analytical Unit weekly update – 26 March 2014

    27th March 2014 by

    This week’s update from the Marine Analytical Unit has been published, featuring a guest article reporting on on the ‘Linking Ecology with Marine Planning’. Read the full update Related Links All previous Marine Analytical Unit updates

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  • EU strategy promoting coastal and maritime tourism

    12th March 2014 by

    Maria Damanaki, the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has made a speech at the High Level Conference on Coastal and Maritime Tourism in Athens about promoting coastal and maritime tourism. Read the full speech

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  • Barra: Step forward for community management of SAC

    20th February 2014 by

    A local charity have been appointed to facilitate the development of a community led management structure of the Sound of Barra. Voluntary Action Barra and Vatersay (VABV) will be working with the local communities to provide options for a governance structure that will be presented to Ministers this summer, and then establish the management group...

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  • Consultation Events continue

    2nd September 2013 by

    The Planning Scotland’s Seas consultation events are almost at the half way stage. Up and coming events include Tiree, Stranraer, Port William and Kirkcudbright later this week and Maryport, Dumfries, Largs and Islay next.  Meanwhile colleagues from SNH and JNCC are travelling even further afield, taking in a number of venues from Pittenweem to Yell.    If you...

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  • Planning Scotland’s Seas: Public Events

    21st August 2013 by

    The Planning Scotland’s Seas consultation was launched last month and the series of accompanying public events has now started. The first event was held in Edinburgh on the 19th August and the discussions covered Marine Protected Area (MPA) network development and management, grid connection, priority marine features, marine recreation and tourism, International connections. More than 50...

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  • Planning Scotland’s Seas

    25th July 2013 by

    Marine Scotland has launched a joint marine consultation today that will help decide how Scotland’s seas are managed in the future. The joint consultation includes: Scotland’s first National Marine Plan which will provide a single framework to manage all activity in Scottish waters. This will provide clarity to developers and decision makers on Scotland’s priorities for sustainable...

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  • A Brief Introduction to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (directive 2008/56/EC)

    14th January 2011 by

    The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) seeks to establish a framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy. This directive has called for the achievement of good environmental status (GES) by 2020 with an initial assessment of EU waters by 15 July 2012. The commission decision on criteria and methodological standards on...

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  • Marine Scotland Interactive on Twitter

    9th December 2010 by

    Now you can follow this blog and new data products from Marine Scotland Interactive (MSI) via twitter. Tweets will be automatically issued when there is a new blog post, and we will also notify followers when we make changes to the MSI web pages. Our twitter feed can be located at

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