Category: Featured News

Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (2019): consultation analysis report published

Marine Scotland has now published the consultation analysis report on the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. The Scottish Government published the draft Plan  on 18 December 2019 and the consultation ran until 25 March 2020, a total of 14 weeks. The draft Plan is accompanied by seven supporting documents; Strategic Environmental Assessment… Read more »

The MMO launches their vision for the next 10 years


The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched its vision document: ‘MMO – The Next Ten Years’. This sets out the MMO’s aims and how it will achieve its bold ambitions for a prosperous future for our seas, coasts and communities. The MMO Vision is, ‘A prosperous future for our seas, coasts and communities’. They further… Read more »

Scotland is stunning, let’s keep it that way!

Zero Waste Scotland – in partnership with Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful – has launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to take pride in our outdoor spaces including our coast and keep them litter free. The campaign calls on everyone to do their part in preventing litter by simply binning their rubbish, or… 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 »

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 »

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 »