Archive for February, 2013

Review of scallop dredging

Review of scallop dredging

Extracts from an article in The Herald 24/02/13 Scotland’s scallop-dredging industry will be the subject of a “wide-ranging review” by ministers in the wake of allegations that it is wrecking the seabed and destroying fish stocks. The comprehensive review, due to start in April, could lead to new controls as dredging has attracted growing criticism […]

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MPA Update

MPA Update

This post summarises progress to develop the MPA network in Scottish Waters. MPA network for biodiversity and geodiversity MPA proposals have been identified to contribute to a network that delivers national and international commitments. Proposals have been identified using scientific data, with discussions at five stakeholder workshops over the last 18 months. They were reported […]

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MPA Update

MPA Update

Marine Scotland has circulated the first Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Newsletter. The first draft of a Management Handbook has been made available for comment; a second draft is planned to be available shortly incorporating comments that have been received. SNH/JNCC have delivered scientific advice on nature conservation MPAs to ministers. This advice package, Advice to […]

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Marine renewables and offshore wind

Marine renewables and offshore wind

Marine Scotland has commenced its review of the Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. It is also updating the 2007 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of wave and tidal energy. Finalised plans for all three technologies will be adopted in 2013. The Plans will be brought together and accompanied by an integrated ‘Sustainability Appraisal’. This will include […]

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Scottish Marine Regions

Scottish Marine Regions

Consultation on the draft Statutory Instrument ‘The Draft Scottish Marine Regions Order 2013’ ends on 28/02/13. The paper which was published for consultation on 6 December 2012 establishes the boundary co-ordinates for Scottish Marine Regions . The consultation is seeking views on the draft legislation; the co-ordinates establishing the marine regions boundaries; the names of […]

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Marine Plan consultation timing revised

Marine Plan consultation timing revised

The timeline for a consultation on a Draft National Marine Plan and implementation of a National Marine Plan has been revised, taking account of UK and Scottish Ministerial processes and resources available. The consultation is expected in summer 2013, leading to implementation of the Plan by the end of 2014. The Marine (Scotland) Act provides […]

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University of Aberdeen – workshop invitation

University of Aberdeen – workshop invitation

Workshop invitation: The value of the marine environment to divers and sea anglers We would like to invite you to take part in at least one of the two workshops that we are running in Aberdeen. These will be held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th February, at Aberdeen Arts Centre (33 King Street, Aberdeen […]

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Future Seas Exhibition

Future Seas Exhibition

The Marine Alliance for Science and technology (MASTS) have an exhibition running 23/3 to 7/4 at the National Museum of Scotland. On the evening of the 27th they are running a special event – a Marine Science Cabaret – SSACN will be presenting an item during it. Places are limited and can be obtained from […]

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