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Scottish Inshore Fisheries Integrated Data System (SIFIDS) Project

The SIFIDS Project update! The Scottish Inshore Fisheries Integrated Data System (SIFIDS) Project was funded through the European Maritime Fisheries Fund and was allocated £1.53 million of funding to support research into the development of an integrated system for the collection, collation, analysis and interrogation of data from the Scottish inshore fishing fleet. The SIFIDS Project… Read more »

Seafood Producers Resilience Fund – Still time to apply

Eligible fishing vessels still have time to apply for funding from the Seafood Producers Resilience Fund. The Seafood Producers Resilience Fund will provide support to eligible shellfish catchers and eligible shellfish and trout aquaculture undertakings. These businesses have lost access to domestic and international food markets as a result of COVID-19, and the difficult trading… Read more »

Solway Photo Series Launched

The SMILE project is launching an exciting new photo submission section of the project on social media! The SMILE project is looking for YOU to submit your images from around the Solway for inclusion in a special section of the new Solway Review. There are so many astonishingly talented amateur photographers around the Solway Firth… Read more »

Upper Solway Flats and Marshes Special Protection Area (SPA) Extended

The Upper Solway Flats and Marshes Special Protection Area (SPA) has officially been extended and renamed the Solway Firth SPA. SPA’s are designated under the EU Birds Directive.  The SPA has been designated in the inner Solway Firth for inshore non-breeding waterfowl and non-breeding gulls, and is an an important wintering grounds location. The Solway… Read more »

Orkney Island’s Delegated Regional Marine Planning Powers

Orkney is officially delegated the powers to create a regional marine plan in a Scottish Ministerial Direction released today! The Delegation of Functions (Regional Marine Plan for the Scottish Marine Region for the Orkney Islands) Direction 2020 officially delegated these powers to the Orkney Islands Council. This means the Orkney Islands is the third Scottish… Read more »

Consultation on Marine Renewables

A call for evidence has been launched by the government which will examine how the UK can build back greener through marine renewable projects across the country. Building on the recent consultation on the fourth round of the successful Contracts for Difference auction, this call for evidence is asking how government can support marine energy projects, such… Read more »

MMO Marine Planning Newsletter

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) creates an enewsletter with updates and information on the progress of marine planning around England. As planning progresses in the North West you can be notified of progress and updates through this enewsletter, such as the Consultation summary for the Draft North West (North East, South East and South West)… Read more »

RNLI Local Ambassador Scheme

Could your local coastal business be a RNLI Local Ambassador? Can they share life saving and water safety messages with the community? The RNLI Local Ambassador scheme is encouraging coastal businesses to share lifesaving and other important water safety messages with the local community. Sharing information like the ‘Beach Safety Campaign Poster’ and spreading this… 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 »

Up to £2 million Additional Help for Scottish Fishing Fleet

Scottish Inshore fishers who usually target shellfish will now be able to diversify into new markets and access fishing opportunities worth up to £2 million. The package aimed at helping the industry during the coronavirus (COVID-19), means that Scottish vessels will be able to access additional fish quotas around the North Sea and west coast… Read more »