Marine Scotland

  • IA2017 – Marine birds in trouble

    10th July 2017 by

    Marine birds are valuable indicators of ecosystem condition. OSPAR assesses the abundance and breeding success of marine birds. In the Norwegian Arctic, the Greater North Sea and the Celtic Seas, there has been a considerable (>20%) drop in abundance compared to the levels observed 25 years ago, for more than a quarter of the marine…

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  • 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

    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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