Marine Scotland

  • IA2017 – Benthic habitats affected by bottom fisheries

    17th July 2017 by

    OSPAR is committed to protecting and conserving ecosystems and biodiversity through the management of human activities and is guided by an ecosystem-based approach. Benthic habitats play a key role in marine ecosystems because marine species rely directly or indirectly on the seafloor to feed, hide, rest or reproduce. The last OSPAR Quality Status Report (QSR…

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  • 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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  • 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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  • SEWeb – volunteers needed to test new Scotland’s environment website

    24th May 2017 by

    The team from SEWeb are looking for volunteers to help us carry out usability testing of the Scotland’s environment website. The Scotland’s environment website brings together environmental information and data in one place so that it is easy to search, discover, view, analyse and interpret. In June, a new look test version of the website will…

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