Month: August 2021

I-VMS for England’s under-12m fishing vessels takes a step forward

I-VMS for England’s under-12m fishing vessels takes a step forward. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched its programme to identify tracking devices that meet its technical specifications for monitoring location, speed and heading of under-12m fishing vessels. Suppliers have been invited to submit their products and technologies for assessment so fishers will have a… Read more »

Support to protect Scotland’s coastlines

Support to protect Scotland’s coastlines. An estimated £1.2 billion of Scotland’s buildings, transport infrastructure, cultural and natural heritage may be at risk of coastal erosion by 2050, according to new research. As part of the Scottish Government’s Dynamic Coast project, funded by the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), the University of Glasgow has developed… Read more »

Consultation on Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas Decarbonisation (INTOG)

A Consultation has been launched on the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas Decarbonisation (INTOG). This new planning round is designed to identify new potential areas for offshore wind development that will specifically target the electrification of oil and gas infrastructure in Scottish waters (out to 200 NM)…. Read more »

Dumfries and Galloway Car Park Survey

SFP is carrying out a car park survey along the Dumfries and Galloway coast. If you’d like to give your views on the car parks along the coast please take part in the survey at – Dumfries and Galloway Car Park Survey

Launching the Scottish Geology Festival Free Events on the Solway!

The Scottish Geology Festival 2021 will run from 1 September to 17 October 2021. Scotland’s iconic landscapes and rugged coastlines have been shaped by the elements over countless millennia. These foundations, the rocks beneath our feet, hold the secrets of our planet’s past, they have influenced our culture and provide an outdoor playground for us… Read more »

Cumbrian Solway Coaster Video

A new Cumbrian Solway Coaster video has been produced. The ‘Solway Coaster’ is a 14.1km route between Allonby and Silloth on Cumbria’s Solway Coast. The link between the coastal towns forms part of the National Cycle Network Route 72 (Hadrian’s Cycleway), which runs from Ravenglass, Cumbria, to South Shields in Tyne and Wear. The new… Read more »

Solway Coast Cycling Festival line-up Announced

The Solway Coast Cycling Festival line-up has now been announced. The celebration of all things cycling will take place on Silloth Green from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 11 – just one day after the Tour of Britain has raced through Cumbria. The festival will be an opportunity to explore the beautiful Solway Coast… Read more »

Bring in the Rhins? Biosphere boundaries come up for review

Bring in the Rhins? The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere boundaries have now come up for review. With its 10th anniversary approaching in 2022, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere is reviewing its geographical boundaries and the question of whether to make the Rhins of Galloway part of the designation has been raised.  Following discussion… Read more »

Government to introduce world-leading ban on shark fin trade

The UK government is set to introduce a world-leading ban on the shark fin trade. The UK will go further than any other country to stop the cruel practice of shark finning International Ocean Minister Lord Goldsmith announced today, thanks to new legislation set to ban the import and export of shark fin products. The… Read more »

Cefas protecting the world’s oceans

Cefas to partner on government’s support to protect the world’s oceans with boost for marine recovery. Projects to tackle climate change and protect the world’s oceans have been given a major boost with the first £16.2 million of funding from the UK’s £500 million Blue Planet Fund announced today. The programmes, financed from the UK’s… Read more »