Category: Current News

New Book on Historic Shipwreck at Portpatrick

Wigtownshire writer Jayne Baldwin’s new book revisits the 1850 steamboat disaster at Portpatrick. On the afternoon of the 17 June 1850, more than 150 passengers crowded onto the paddle steamer The Orion at Liverpool. Some were business travellers, others were on the final leg of long journeys to visit family having crossed the Atlantic from… Read more »

MMO restarting coastal operations to support fishing industry

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has restarted quayside and sea-based coastal operations to further support the fishing industry through Covid-19. In preparation for the easing of lockdown, MMO locally-based teams have been returning to their usual duties on shore and at sea, following rigorous training in ‘Covid-19 secure’ operational practices over the past three weeks…. Read more »

The SCAPE Trust talk about Maritime Wrecks in Kirkcudbright Bay

Join the SCAPE Trust for a talk about the maritime history of Kirkcudbright Bay and the Fauna & Monreith wrecks.  This online event takes place online from 7.30pm to 9.00pm on Wednesday 12 August. Solway Firth Partnership brought the SCAPE Trust to Kirkcudbright Bay last year,  as part of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme,… Read more »

Call for evidence: Dogger Bank king scallop stock closure

Call for evidence: Dogger Bank king scallop stock closure in ICES rectangles 39F1, 39F2, 39F3, 38F1, 38F2, 38F3, 37F1 and 37F2. The four UK Fisheries Administrations (FAs) are seeking views and evidence on the impact of the potential implementation of a temporary closure of the king scallop (Pectens maximus) fishery in the Dogger Bank area… Read more »

Plastic Challenge 2020

Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging the public to make their own Plastic Challenge this July to help stop ocean plastic pollution. We use single-use plastics for just about everything, from cleaning our teeth and showering, to buying and storing our food and other products. It is durable and lightweight, but it’s these properties that… Read more »

The Irish Sea in the 2020s Survey – take part!

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum, supported by the University of Liverpool, is conducting an Irish Sea-wide survey to look to the future and the changing context of the Irish Sea in the 2020s. The aim of the survey is to develop a comprehensive picture of the future for the Irish Sea and its communities on… Read more »

Solway Firth MPA Equity Study

New research is being conducted by a King’s College London PhD student to look at the role of equity in marine protected area management and the Solway Firth is one of the study areas chosen. Equitable conservation is vital to ensuring effective protection of natural resources while maintaining human well-being, yet equity may be overlooked… Read more »

Last Few Days of the SEPA Consultation on Challenges Facing Our Water Environment in the Solway Tweed

There are still a few days to have your say on the SEPA consultation on the challenges facing our water environment in the Solway Tweed. Scotland is renowned worldwide for the quality of its rivers, lochs, wetlands and seas. They are some of the country’s greatest natural assets; attracting visitors, contributing to the health and… Read more »

Blue Belt Programme Annual Update Published

The government have just published their annual update on the achievements and progress of the Blue Belt Programme over the past year. The update for 2019-2020 showcases how the Blue Belt Programme is helping strengthen governance, protect biodiversity, support sustainable fisheries, support compliance and manage human activities across the UK Overseas Territories. You can also read… Read more »

Wigtown Book Festival Commission Saltmarsh Book

Wigtown Book Festival has commissioned a new book celebrating the salt marshes that have shaped the history of Scotland’s National Book Town. The Saltmarsh Library, a work of creative nonfiction to be published in 2021, will be written by one of the country’s most exciting young authors, the Saltire Award-winning Dumfries-based nature writer Stephen Rutt…. Read more »