Marine Scotland

  • IA2017 – The network of OSPAR Marine Protected Areas is expanding

    3rd July 2017 by

    Considerable progress has been made in developing OSPAR’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. Since the last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR 2010), a further 289 MPAs have been added to the network, bringing the total number to 448. MPAs now cover 5.9% of the OSPAR Maritime Area compared with a total coverage of only 1.1%...

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  • OSPAR’s IA2017 – What is it?

    30th June 2017 by

    Intermediate Assessment 2017

    The OSPAR Intermediate Assessment 2017 (or IA2017K) is an assessment of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic and its current status. It’s not the first time they’ve done this – its previous holistic assessment, the QSR 2010, was a culmination of ten years of joint assessment and monitoring by OSPAR Contracting Parties and seven years on, with...

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  • Another award goes to Plan

    29th June 2017 by

    RPTI Winners

    The pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan (PFOW MSP), which was developed by a collaboration of Marine Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and the Highland Council, has won the Excellence in Plan Making Practice category at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The team was presented with the...

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  • Vacancy – Licensing Operations and Compliance Manager (Closing date 13 July 2017)

    27th June 2017 by

    We are currently seeking applications for a Deputy Team Leader/Licensing Operations and Compliance Manager within the Marine Scotland based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the...

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  • There be prawns!

    22nd June 2017 by

    Nephrops

    Earlier, we posted information about the 7th research survey that our research vessel, the Alba na Mara was doing. Here we have the final blog from the Scientist in Charge on that survey, Adrian Weetman: Following the long journey from Fladen to the west coast on Monday 12th June, the annual Nephrops Under Water TV Survey began working in...

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  • Introducing… the new look Scotland’s environment website

    22nd June 2017 by

    The SEWeb team have launched the new look Scotland’s environment website. The new website has been designed and developed following discussion and feedback with you, our users, to find out what you want and need from this online resource. It’s still a work in progress but in this first phase release you’ll find new designs, functionality and...

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  • Message in a bottle

    20th June 2017 by

    Many of us will have spent hours as a child drawing pictures or drafting letters to stuff in a bottle, to be sent on its way from the local beach; hopefully, to be found in a far-away place (or maybe even time) by a mysterious stranger. The “message in a bottle” conjures up romantic notions...

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  • Latest update from the MRV Scotia survey 0717S – the 7th of the year

    15th June 2017 by

    Duration: 6- 26 June 2017 Gear onboard:   2 x Scotia BT175 80mm prawn trawls 2 x Day grabs and 1 x sieving table 2 x towed UWTV sledges 2 x 600m umbilical towing cables and associated TV equipment (including back up) Objectives To obtain estimates of the abundance and distribution of Nephrops burrow complexes at...

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  • New report published about bird and mammal displacement with wave and tidal energy devices

    13th June 2017 by

    Flying seagull

    As the offshore marine renewables industry grows, understanding the way that marine species may respond to the installation and operation of wave and tidal energy devices is of particular importance. Recently, extensive research and effort has gone into furthering our understanding of potential implications of deploying these devices into Scottish waters. However, several questions still...

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  • Freshwater Fisheries Open Day a success

    5th June 2017 by

    Salmon tracking

    On 13th May, colleagues from the Freshwater Fisheries laboratory at Faskally in Pitlochry held an Open Day at the Atholl Palace Hotel in Pitlochry. The day included and series of six talks that were held in the morning and afternoon, with more than 30 posters and films on show throughout the day. There were also practical exhibits...

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