Sep 24, 2015

Unprecedented Response to National Marine Survey

Unprecedented response to Marine Scotland’s national survey of coastal and marine recreation and tourism but more responses needed!


On 1st August 2015 Marine Scotland launched its first national survey of recreation and tourism around the Scottish coast and seas. The survey covers a vast array of activities and tourism businesses in, on or next to the sea.

Sarah Brown, Project Manager, said: “We are delighted with the response to the survey - we are approaching 2,000 completed surveys across 22 activities – more than four times more people than the last similar survey a decade ago! However, we would really like to hear more from people who take part in long distance swimming, coasteering, land yachting, SCUBA diving, surfing / wind surfing, rowing / sculling, water skiing, to make sure these activities are properly reflected in the survey results. Of course, we would also like to hear from people who enjoy more popular activities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, bird and wildlife watching and so on...”

The purpose of the survey is to gather high quality data on marine and coastal recreation, and how that contributes to local economies in order to provide a robust evidence base for the forthcoming Regional Marine Plans. This information will help ensure that tourism and recreation are appropriately recognised in the planning process, providing the kind of information held for other activities like shipping, off-shore renewables and fish farming.

Nick James from LUC, the consultancy commissioned to undertake the survey, said: “The first results of the marine tourism and recreation survey are in and they look promising. This is great news for tourism and recreation in the new world of marine planning as we can be more confident that the interests and views of people who visit our coasts and seas will be taken into account in future decision making”.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey which closes on 31st October 2015. We need as many people as possible to complete the survey, so feel free to send a link to your friends and colleagues, ‘like’ our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. The survey may be completed online at: It works best on laptop/desktop computers, rather than tablets or smartphones, due to the map-based sections of the survey.

We also have a separate survey for businesses involved in marine recreation and tourism. This survey is targeted at anyone who relies on the marine environment for their business – from a bed and breakfast owner in a coastal town to a tour operator. Currently, more than 200 business surveys have been completed. This survey can be accessed by clicking here Everyone who completes the survey of marine recreation and tourism activity will have the opportunity to enter a free prize draw with prizes that include:


  • A short break in one of Scottish Canals’ holiday cottages
  • Spa Day Experience for two guests at Portavadie’s new Spa
  • Family tickets for Inveraray Jail and Inveraray Castle
  • Two Return Tickets for the Kintyre Express fast passenger ferry from Campbeltown to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland


The survey, run by consultancy LUC, is a partnership between Marine Scotland, Firth of Clyde Forum, Scottish Coastal Forum, The Crown Estate, Visit Scotland, sportscotland, WHAM, Royal Yachting Association, British Marine (Scotland), Sail Scotland and Scottish Canals.

For more information, please contact: Sarah Brown, 07774 160931, or Nick James, LUC, 07973 631307,

Solway Firth Partnership