Category: Featured News

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 »

Scotland’s Seabed Opening for New Wind Farms

Crown Estate Scotland (CES) has just launched the first cycle of ScotWind Leasing. This is the first round of seabed leasing for offshore windfarms in Scottish waters for a decade and includes a site off Lucy Bay in the Solway. CES is committed to helping Scotland achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2045 through their… Read more »

EU Exit – Registration and Inspection of Fishing Vessels

Action Required for Scottish Fishers – Contact your Local Authority as soon as possible If your catch is exported, either directly or indirectly, to any EU Member State at the end of the “Transition Period” set for 31st December 2020, you must contact your Local Authority (LA) Environmental Health Department, to register as a food… Read more »

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June

It is World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June and Solway Firth Partnership have created some fun online activities inspired by our seas. Why not go online and discover how to make a shark or test your observational skills with the Website Scavenger Hunt! In the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, we are all… Read more »

Scottish Government Passes the draft Regulation for Deposit Return Scheme

The Scottish government has passed draft regulations for the deposit return scheme (DRS). MSPs voted by 36 to 16 in favour of the regulations, with 19 abstaining. The decision means the scheme, which will see consumers charged a 20p refundable deposit on drinks cans and bottles, will now come in from 1 July 2022. This… Read more »

Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair – It’s virtually here!

Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair takes place on Saturday 31 May, 11.00am to 4.00pm. We hope that you can join the Environment Fair online where there will be a showcase of the best of Dumfries and Galloway’s environment. You can find out the best places to visit, things to see and environmental activities to do… Read more »

Support for Scottish seafood industry worth £22.5 million

A further £3.5 million to help large sea fishing vessels brings the total made available to the seafood industry by the Scottish Government from new and existing funds to £22.5 million. The latest scheme will provide capped payments of up to £21,370 per vessel to businesses with a vessel over 12 metres landing shellfish such… Read more »

An Enjoyable Virtual Day at the Beach!

Lots of people joined the virtual day at the beach at the beginning of May! To see the poems and word clouds produced on the first day visit the Youtube channel. To view the work from day two visit the Youtube channel.

New grant scheme to support seafood businesses in England to sell catches

The government has just opened a new English Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme for applications, which will fund projects that will help seafood businesses in England increase the supply of local seafood to domestic markets. The £1 million scheme, first announced by Defra and HM Treasury on 17 April, is part of a £10 million fund for… Read more »