Scotland

Sea Scotland Conference

The Inaugural Sea Scotland Conference will take place in Dundee on 15th-16th June 2016. This aims to bring together 150 stakeholders for Scotland-focussed dialogue and knowledge exchange to support a progressive approach to marine planning. The Conference will feature talks (including one from Charles Ehler of Ocean Visions Consulting), presentations and opportunities for networking with other organisations. For further information on the event and registration click HERE.

Marine Scotland’s first national survey of coastal and marine recreation and tourism

Marine Scotland is launching its first national survey of recreation and tourism around the Scottish coast and seas. It covers a vast array of activities and tourism businesses in, on or next to the sea.

The survey, run by consultancy LUC, aims to provide data to support marine planning and is a partnership between Marine Scotland, Firth of Clyde Forum, Scottish Coastal Forum, The Crown Estate, VisitScotland, sportscotland, WHAM, Royal Yachting Association, British Marine (Scotland), Sail Scotland and Scottish Canals.

The survey is online at www.marinerecreationandtourism.scot. It will run from 1st August until 31st October 2015.

The survey coincides with the development of a new suite of Regional Marine Plans covering Scotland’s coast and seas and related work such as the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters plan, currently out for consultation.

By telling us who does what and where, the survey will help ensure these plans reflect Scotland’s unique opportunities for activities such as kayaking, sailing, wildlife watching or simply playing about with a frisbee on the beach. It will help recreation be appropriately recognised in the planning process, providing the kind of information we hold for other activities like shipping, off-shore renewables and fish farming. It will also help justify and guide future investment in facilities and infrastructure.

Scotland’s National Marine Plan

Scotland’s first National Marine Plan was laid before Parliament last Thursday, 11th December, setting out the Scottish Government’s Vision for the sustainable development and use of the marine environment. This follows consultation on a Draft National Marine Plan which took place during 2013.

The National Marine Plan encourages better management of the seas and aims to ensure sustainable economic growth of Scotland’s marine industries, while taking the environment into account. A sustainable approach to managing Scotland’s marine environment will ensure its resources are available for future generations to benefit from.

The Plan includes policies for the sustainable growth of fishing, aquaculture, salmon and migratory fish, oil and gas, carbon capture and storage, offshore wind and marine renewable energy, recreation and tourism, shipping, ports, harbours and ferries, submarine cables, defence, aggregates.

The National Marine Plan can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.

FAQs on the National Marine Plan can be viewed HERE.