Month: June 2019

Can you take the plastic free challenge?

Marine Conservation Society launches its annual Plastic Challenge on 1 July. 9,000 people took up the challenge in 2018 – to try and live as single-use plastic free as possible for some or all of the month of July. We use single-use plastics for just about everything, from cleaning our teeth and showering, to buying… Read more »

Natural England look for Contractor to Produced Smelt Recovery Management Plan

European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus) is a fish species that inhabits near shore coastal and estuarine waters and migrates up river to spawn. Historically, smelt were an abundant shoaling fish characteristic of many UK estuaries with strong cultural connections to coastal and estuarine communities. Archaeological evidence of smelt bones at Roman encampments has been found and… Read more »

AONB Volunteer Work Party 13 / 14 June 2019

Wolsty Boardwalk Project Continuing the major project replacing the boardwalks from the Northern Wolsty Car Park over the dune front to the beach. This will take place over two days, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June for the construction phase. Many thanks for great team a couple of weeks ago working on the demolition in… Read more »

Solway Coast AONB Need Your Help!

Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty need your help… Every five years, the team review and produce a management plan for the Solway Coast AONB. The time has now come to prepare for the next plan which starts in 2020. What do you think should be the priorities for the Solway and its landscape?… Read more »

Scottish Parliament – Regional Marine Planning – call for evidence

The Scottish Parliament is seeking views on Regional Marine Planning questions posed in a recent Call for Evidence. These questions focus around Regional Marine Planning progress to date, progress sought for the future, and integration with terrestrial planning. It is worth noting that the Solway marine region currently does not have a Regional Planning Partnership,… Read more »

Dumfries and Galloway Beaches Rated by SEPA

The Solway coast has been tested by SEPA and now three beaches have been given a ‘Good’ rating. Carrick Beach at Borgue, Mossyard near Gatehouse of Fleet and Southerness near Dumfries all got a ‘GOOD’ rating for 2019. This season beach users will have access to real time water quality forecasts, and live information on… Read more »

Extended Closing Date for Future of Fisheries Management in Scotland Consultation

Marine Scotland are holding a range of stakeholder discussion events around Scotland to discuss the Scottish Government’s recently published national discussion paper on the Future of Fisheries Management in Scotland To ensure that all stakeholders with an interest in the marine fishing industry have the maximum opportunity to take part in the discussion process Marine… Read more »

South of Scotland Enterprise Bill Unanimously passed by Scottish Parliament

Since the Bill’s introduction to the Scottish Parliament in October 2018, the Scottish Government has worked to ensure the legislation provides a strong statutory framework for the new agency providing the flexibility to meet the specific needs of the south of Scotland. The Bill has had general cross-party support, and through the legislative process the… Read more »

SEPA Introduces New Finfish Aquaculture Regulatory Framework

SEPA have introduced a new, firm, evidence-based regulatory framework for Scotland’s finfish aquaculture sector. The framework will further strengthen the protection of the marine environment for the people of Scotland. Launched on 1st June 2019, the revised regulatory framework implements proposals announced in November 2018 which were subject to Scotland-wide consultation. The new framework, which… Read more »