Category: Current News

Kippford RNLI is Hosting a Virtual Open Week

Kippford RNLI is hosting a Virtual Open Week this year.  The event will run from Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August. This is in place of the usual station open day which has sadly had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. There has been a lifeboat station at Kippford since 1966 and the… Read more »

Join a Whistle Stop Tour of the Archaeology of the Rhins

Join AOC Archaeology on Wednesday 22 July at 7pm for a whistle stop tour of the archaeology of the Rhins, with a focus on Doon Castle. With the beginnings of relaxation of the lockdown Dumfries and Galloway Council are now able to re-start some of the Rhins Revealed engagement work which forms part of the… Read more »

Publication of the draft MMO Consultation Summary of Marine Plans

The MMO has just published the MMOs Consultation Summary to the draft North West, North East, South East and South West Marine Plans. The summary is an interim summary to the Modifications Report, which is being developed alongside the final Marine Plans. The Consultation Summary covers the background to the consultation on the draft Marine… Read more »

The Scottish Crown Estate allocates its revenue for 2020 to 2021

Coastal communities are set to benefit from the net revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets out to 12 nautical miles. Scottish Ministers agreed that annual allocations should be distributed to local areas in arrears following the finalisation of the annual accounts for the Scottish Crown Estate. The allocation for 2020-2021 relates to… Read more »

Interim Report Published – Developing and implementing Regional Marine Plans in Scotland

In May 2019, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee agreed to examine the experience of developing and implementing Regional Marine Plans in Scotland, ten years on from the Marine Planning (Scotland) Act 2010 that provided the framework for Plans. An interim report has now been published. It summarises information gathered by the Committee… Read more »

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 »