MARINE STRATEGY FORUM
MARINE MANAGEMENT - COMMUNICATION PAPER
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MARINE POLICY STATEMENT
1. Following a consultation and a period of Parliamentary scrutiny the UK
Marine Policy Statement (MPS) and supporting documents were jointly
published on 18 March 2011 by the UK Government and the devolved
administrations. The Policy Statement is the framework for marine planning
systems across the UK marine area and will facilitate and support the
formulation of marine plans, ensuring that marine resources are used in a
2. In accordance with Chapter 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009,
a public authority taking any authorisation or enforcement decision must do so
in accordance with the Marine Policy Statement, unless relevant
considerations indicate otherwise. Reasons must be given if such decisions
are not taken in accordance with it. Other types of decision taken by a public
authority that may affect the marine environment must have regard to the
3. The UK Marine Policy Statement can be viewed at:
Phone number: 01312447838 (ext: 47838)
MARINE STRATEGY FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
4. The Marine Strategy Framework Directive has been transposed into UK
law via the Marine Strategy Regulations 2010. These set out that Scottish
Ministers are the competent authority for the Directive as it applies to Scottish
waters, out to 200 nautical miles. The Directive requires:
An initial assessment of the current state of UK seas by July 2012
A description of what Good Environmental Status means for UK
waters, and associated targets and indicators by July 2012
Establishment of a monitoring programme to measure progress
towards GES by July 2014
Establishment of a programme of measures by 2016
5. The European Commission adopted a decision on 1 September outlining
the criteria necessary to achieve good environmental status. The Scottish
Government, Defra and other devolved administrations are working together,
and with UKMMAS, to develop the initial assessment, Good Environmental
Status characteristics and associated targets and indicators. These will
publicly consulted on in Winter 2011 for formal submission in Summer 2012.
Phone number: 01312447838 (ext: 47838)
SCOTTISH MARINE REGIONS CONSULTATION
6. The Scottish Marine Regions consultation ended on 18 February 2011.
The exercise consisted of 12 regional events, and a total of 81 responses
were received. The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 provides for the delegation of
marine planning functions to regional level. These functions will be given to
Marine Planning Partnerships to develop the regional marine plans. The
identification and designation of boundaries for the marine regions is a key
step in delivering the regional plans.
7. The recent consultation asked for views on an appropriate set of marine
regions. It set out 3 options for the regional boundaries:
Existing administrative models
Physical characteristics with the west coast split into 2 regions and the
east coast boundaries varied.
8. Consultation responses have been analysed and a report will be available
in the next month.
Phone number: 01312447838 (ext: 47838)
NATIONAL MARINE PLAN
9. The Marine (Scotland) Act provides for a new framework for marine
planning of Scotland’s seas at national and regional level. A National Marine
Plan will set out Scottish Ministers policies regarding the use of marine area,
including social, economic and ecosystem objectives.
10. Consultation on the pre-consultation draft National Marine Plan ended on 7
June. 75 responses were received from a wide range of interests including
Local Authorities, conservation, commercial and recreational stakeholders.
Meetings with a range of sectoral interests to discuss the development of the
Plan are also being held. Responses are being analysed and will inform a
formal public consultation on a Draft National Marine Plan later in 2011. A
National Marine Plan is expected in 2012.
11. An interactive tool has been designed to assist in the development of the
National Marine Plan and is currently available on the SG website. The tool
allows you to view different types of information and links have been provided
to the draft National Marine Plan.
12. Further details about National Marine Planning and the interactive tool can
be found at http://scotland.gov.uk/Topics/marine/seamanagement/national
Phone number: 01312447208 (ext: 47208)
REFORM OF CROWN ESTATE IN SCOTLAND
13. Scottish Ministers are calling for the administration and revenues of the
Crown Estate to be devolved so that the Scottish Parliament can oversee the
development of Scotland’s offshore renewable energy resources and the
revenues can be invested in support of this emerging new industry and in
Scotland’s communities. The First Minister is currently in discussions with UK
Government and has called on Secretary of State for Scotland to seize the
opportunity presented by the Scotland Bill to bring about change. A paper
proposing relevant amendments to the Scotland Bill was published in June
2011 and can be accessed from:
Phone number: 01312447208 (ext: 47208)
MARINE PERFORMANCE AND AQUACULTURE
Scottish Business Portal
14. The Scottish Government has established the Business Portal Programme
to oversee the development of the existing Business Gateway (BG) website
(www.bgateway.com) as a primary ‘portal’ for government business, advice
and services in Scotland. The Business Gateway website will be the single
Scottish portal where businesses will be able to access all relevant regulation,
information and advice from across the public sector, including reserved UK
matters such as tax and VAT. Longer term, businesses will also be able to
conduct an increasing number of online transactions with Government and the
wider public sector.
15. At a UK level, Business Link (BL) (www.businesslink.gov.uk) is being
established as the single portal for business support in England, engaging
with businesses of all sizes. The Business Gateway website is a localised
Scottish version of the Business Link website. To reflect its wider remit, the
plan is that the site’s URL will be changed later this year to
16. In seeking to maximise the benefits for Scotland and better meet the
needs of a Scottish business audience, the priority is ensuring that Scottish
businesses can receive the same level of information, advice and online
delivery as businesses in England and in other parts of the UK. Continuing
improvements and updates to the portal as it stands are being made
17. The second phase will involve working in collaboration across Government
and the wider public sector to exploit fully the potential of a Scottish Business
Portal as a driver to deliver even greater alignment of public sector services to
businesses in Scotland. The aim is to ensure practical and easy access to
additional advice and support from across the Scottish public sector, including
the ability to conduct more transactions online. The Business Case for phase
2 is due to go to the Portal Board and Scottish Government shortly.
18. The benefits for business are that they will experience a more joined-up
and accessible service, with relevant information and support quickly available
all day, every day. The ability to conduct a significantly increased number of
government business transactions online (including related to tax and VAT)
and easier access to comprehensive and current information will also reduce
the administrative burden on businesses and produce savings in staff costs.
19. Although difficult to quantify at this stage, savings are expected to from
things such as rationalisation of low usage or obsolete sites, development of a
shared web platform, more efficient marketing campaigns aimed at business
and efficient signposting/direction for advice and information (with expensive
human contact/intervention only when necessary).
20. Marine Scotland is engaged with colleagues leading on Portal
development and are discussing with them the relationship with, and
implications for, the Marine Scotland website.
21. Business is being consulted on the development of the portal, with details
of further engagement being worked up. It would be possible for a
presentation to/discussion with the Forum if there is interest in that.
European Fisheries Fund
22. EFF operational programme 2007–2013 can be worth up to £90m
(depending on exchange rates), consisting of £50m of European money
matched by £40m Scottish Government funding over the total programme
period. It covers the catching sector, the processing sector, aquaculture,
collective actions and support to coastal communities.
23. Marine Scotland have awarded grant funding using the European
Fisheries Fund (EFF) of over £51 million which has generated £114.5m
investment, supported up to 6,636 jobs, and created an additional 416
positions in the fishing industry.
24. This has:
enabled the delivery of the Fleet Resilience Grant Scheme with
£8.2m assistance, enabling the Scottish fishing fleet to dispose of
vessels and thus restructure itself, becoming more economically
provided £13m support to the Processing sector in line with the
National Food & Drink Policy of supporting the growth of our food
and drink industry, making food both available and affordable to all
and ensuring that people understand more about the food they eat;
supported Scotland becoming one of the top producers of farmed
Atlantic Salmon in the world (behind Norway), with an increase in
production of 14,317 tonnes from the start of the EFF Programme
to 144,247 tonnes in 2009, with a farm gate value of £412m;
underpinned Sustainable Economic Growth in rural and coastal
communities by supporting direct and indirect jobs (construction
etc) and developing and sustaining new and existing markets.
Consultation Paper on Permitted Development Rights for Aquaculture
25. A Consultation on extending Permitted Development Rights to Aquaculture
Developments closed on 17 June. A permitted development is one that is
considered non-contentious. Introducing these to aquaculture, should allow
the aquaculture industry to make non-controversial changes to their sites
without planning permission, thereby helping to support sustainable growth of
the industry in Scotland.
26. The responses to the consultation will be assessed and any changes
agreed by Ministers will be likely to be taken forward in the autumn by
Developments in Scottish Aquaculture
27. Implementation of A Fresh Start - the renewed Strategic Framework for
Scottish Aquaculture: Working Group chairs reported progress to Minister for
Environment and membership of Ministerial Group on Aquaculture on 23
February 2011. Presentations available on the Marine Scotland Website at
28. Key achievements of the groups include:
Recommendations of the Healthier Fish group chaired by Randolph
Richards on disease and developing statutory disease management
areas in Scotland;
The Healthier Fish group playing a key role steering a new UK
Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) policy which is now in place in
Through the Improved Containment Working Group with its chair
Steve Bracken of Marine Harvest, proposing the development and
introduction of a statutory technical standard for fish-farm equipment in
Scotland – a considerable step forward. That work is now well
underway and has included roadshows in Oban, Inverness and
Shetland at the start of June. The group also worked with the Scottish
Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) on its containment roadshow
which attracted large numbers of fish-farmers.
2010 saw a significant reduction in fish farm escapes – the lowest
number since statutory reporting began nearly 10 years ago.
The establishment of the first National Shellfish Forum in Scotland,
chaired by Walter Speirs of the Association of Scottish Shellfish
Growers (ASSG), brings together for the first time all those with an
interest in the regulation and development of the aquaculture industry
on a regular basis – giving the sector a louder voice in UK and Europe;
the group has made significant progress over the year on issues from
Mytillus trossulus, where a European Fisheries Fund grant has been
awarded to attempt eradication in Loch Etive; to Pacific Oysters where
a review of the proposed “red-listing” is underway; and to Didemnum
vexillum, where a cost-benefit study into different management
approaches is planned in 2011.
The Marketing and Image Group led by Scott Landsburgh of the
Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation (SSPO) has commissioned
and received interesting work on the perspectives of consumers and
opinion formers on aquaculture. It has also identified work with school
children as a priority area and has piloted work in schools, linked to the
new Curriculum for Excellence, from which lessons will be learned as a
wider Seafood in Schools project in 2011 is rolled out.
The Licensing Aquaculture Developments (ISLAD) Group provided
a regular monitoring forum for the delivery of achievements set out in
Delivering Planning Reform for Aquaculture. Clear guidance on how
the Audit and Review process operates, the order in which farms will
be assessed and the basis upon which decisions will be made, will be
published by late summer.
29. Aquaculture production is worth over £434 million per year to the Scottish
economy at farm gate prices. The value of farmed Atlantic salmon in 2009
rose by 23 per cent with a new estimated value of £412 million. It also
produced about 144,000 tonnes – up 12% on the previous year. Mussel
production is also expanding quickly, with production growth of 14%, 22% and
7% over the last three years - now 6,302 tonnes annually.
30. Agreement has been reached with the People' Republic of China on an
Export Health Certificate which will permit direct exports of fishery products,
particularly Scottish salmon. China is seen by the industry as a new and
potentially lucrative market for high quality exports;
31. Third UK aquaculture meeting hosted by DEFRA in London on 25
February 2011. Membership includes: DEFRA & officials from devolved
administrations and representatives of farmed salmon, trout and shellfish
industries. The UK Aquaculture Forum was created to bring together the
industry and government from all parts of the UK, and established the
precedent of holding a meeting of that group, focussed on EU issues, in
Scotland House in Brussels each October. This structure recognises the role
of the UK Government in EU affairs while placing Scotland as the UK’s largest
aquaculture producer in a leading role.
32. The First meeting of the Joint Committee for Bilateral Co-operation on
Aquaculture was held in Edinburgh on 29 March 2011. This flows from the
Memorandum Of Understanding signed by the relevant Scottish and
Norwegian Ministers in 2009 which aims to deliver focused joint working on
areas of mutual interest to both nations; including co-operation on control of
fish diseases, developing best practice on engineering design standards and
collaboration on research. Both the SSPO and the British Trout Association
(BTA) have been able to afford good representation in Brussels and have a
strong voice in European affairs and Scottish officials visited Norway in late
June to discuss containment and sealice issues.
33. Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Federal
Government of Canada (FGC) visited Scotland earlier in the year under the
auspices of the Scotland-Canada engagement plan. The purpose was to
learn from our aquaculture legislation, programs, policies and implementation
procedures and help assist them develop a similar regime in Canada.
34. A report looking at what is happening internationally around macro-algae
cultivation as human or animal foodstuff or biofuel was commissioned by
Scottish Government in 2010. The Scottish Government subsequently been
involved in the Crown Estate’s Macro-algae cultivation and Marine Biomass
Forum as stakeholders assess the viability of commercial production in
35. SARF has been carrying out an innovative project looking at the role
micro-algae might play in the provision of sustainable fish-feed. This project
was conceived by Dr Piers Hart of WWF and supported financially by Marks
Scottish Business Portal: Lauren Reid
Phone number: 01312447838 (ext: 47838)
Aquaculture: Paul Haddon
Phone number: 01312446226 (ext: 46226)
SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE
36. Dominic Counsell of SNH attended the European Commission Working
Group on Aquaculture and Natura 2000 on 7 June. The purpose of the
working group is to prepare EU-level guidance on how the presence of Natura
designations affects aquaculture developments. The guidance should help
others understand and be realistic about the way Natura potentially makes
development more complicated, while providing good practice on how to find
a way through those complications. The Commission is keen to secure
examples of Scottish (or other) good practice for inclusion in their guidance.
Scotland has been quite successful at integrating aquaculture into Natura
sites and SNH will provide some examples of this, but other input is welcome.
The guidance will be published later this year.
This section was provided by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Any comments/questions will be passed on by:
Phone number: 01312447838 (ext: 47838)
MARINE SCIENCE AND STATUS REPORTING
Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC)
37. The Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC)’s most recent
meeting, in March 2010, considered the work undertaken to-date by the
MSCC’s three Working Groups; the activities of the ‘links’ with the industry,
NGO, research & academic sectors, including the Marine Industries Liaison
Group (MILG); and six newly approved actions to strengthen co-ordination
and efficiency of operation across the MSCC members. A short workshop
session looked at aspects of horizon scanning, including an initial look at
some of the issues that might impact on marine science needs in the future.
Further details of the meeting and progress are outlined below.
38. Progress with the three MSCC Working Groups :
The Communications Working Group has developed a Communications
Strategy, ‘Communicating UK Marine Science’. This was developed with
input from stakeholders and seeks to increase awareness of the marine
environment and the important role that marine science plays in
understanding it. It is being implemented in phases, with the initial phase
focussing on the establishment of: i) an Events schedule - an online
calendar of marine events; ii) the regular release of marine science-
related articles and features; and iii) meetings where emerging and current
marine issues are discussed with the aim of raising the profile of UK
marine policy and marine science at the parliamentary and governmental
The Science Alignment Working Group is working to align research on
marine renewables through the Offshore Renewables Research Steering
Group (which is jointly led by Marine Scotland and the Marine
Management Organisation). It is also in the process of establishing a
group to review the extent to which the main science priorities identified
within the UK Marine Science Strategy are being met.
The Long-Term Monitoring Working Group’s work is now complete. It
presented options for the longer-term funding of long-term monitoring
programmes and a proposed approach for making decisions on long-term,
non-statutory monitoring programmes with multiple funders more
transparent, to the MSCC meeting. These recommendations were agreed
by the MSCC.
39. Links with industry, research & academic and NGO sectors: The MSCC
has continued to engage directly with the industry, academic and research,
and NGO sectors through ‘link’ MSCC members. The Marine Industries
Liaison Group (MILG), met for the first time in December 2010 and will be
meeting again in June 2011. It provides advice and guidance to the MSCC on
marine and marine science industries’ matters.
40. Six newly approved actions: Following discussions at the previous MSCC
meeting in September 2010, on delivering marine science within reduced
budgets, a series of actions to strengthen co-ordination between MSCC
members were identified. These new actions focus on greater co-ordination
of monitoring and observation programmes, data provision and use, and
management of research vessels, as well as increased sharing of equipment,
facilities, technology development and staff. The actions identify ways forward
in all areas with suggested time scales and were approved by members of the
Ministerial Marine Science Group. Details of these actions will be on the
MSCC website in due course.
41. MSCC sub-groups: The MSCC oversees the work of MARG and UKMMAS
(http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/environment/marine/science/ukmmas/) and continues
to have responsibility for the Marine Environmental Data and Information
Network (MEDIN) (http://www.oceannet.org/) and for the Underwater Sound
Forum (USF) (http://www.oceannet.org/underwater_sound_forum/index.html).
Marine and fisheries sector adaptation plan
42. The revised Marine and Fisheries sector adaptation plan is available on
the SG web site at www.scotland.gov.uk/AdaptationFramework. This is a non-
statutory forerunner to the Climate Change Adaptation Programme required
by the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2010.
UK Climate Change Risk Assessment and Scotland’s Climate Change
43. Under the Climate Change Act (2008) the UK Government is required to
conduct a Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) in order to understand
the level of risk posed by climate change to the UK. This first CCRA must be
presented to the Westminster Parliament by 26 January 2012. Under the
terms of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2010, Ministers must lay an
Adaptation Programme before the Scottish Parliament, setting out proposals
and policies to meet their climate change adaptation objectives.
44. UK CCRA work is ongoing to produce reports on the key climate risks for
each of the 11 sectors identified for priority action – agriculture, water, flood
and coastal management, marine and fisheries, forestry, biodiversity,
business, built environment, transport, energy and health. A synthesis report is
also being produced, pulling together the analysis from each sector and
drawing out the interdependencies.
45. Stand alone reports for Scotland and the other Devolved Administrations
will be published alongside the synthesis report in January 2012.
46. The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change
will undertake their statutory review of the draft findings and will provide their
final advice on the CCRA in their 2nd Report on the UK’s level of
preparedness for climate change, to be published in July 2011.
47. The Adaptation Sub-Committee is also preparing a separate
preparedness report for Scotland, commissioned by the Scottish Government.
This should be available by September 2011.
48. Details of an autumn UK stakeholder engagement programme on the
draft outputs from the CCRA will be available soon. If you’d like detailed
updates on progress with the CCRA project, a dedicated newsletter is
produced approximately every 3 months. You can sign up for it at
49. Work to develop the Scottish part of the adaptation framework will start
once the UKCCRA is published. Marine Scotland will be leading the Marine
and Fisheries Sector work, as it did for the non-statutory work last year. The
Marine Strategy Forum will be used for stakeholder engagement, which is
expected later in 2011 and into 2012.
50. The statutory Adaptation Programme will be developed over the next two
years. Key milestones include:
July 2011 2nd Report from Adaptation Sub-Committee on UK’s
level of preparedness published
26 January 2012 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment presented to
September 2012 1st Report from Adaptation Sub-Committee on
Scotland’s level of preparedness published
Late 2012 Public consultation on draft adaptation programme
March 2013 1st statutory Scottish Adaptation Programme published
Phone number: 01312447463 (ext: 47463)
MARINE CONSERVATION/MARINE PROTECTED AREAS
Marine Nature Conservation Strategy
51. The Marine Nature Conservation Strategy has been finalised following
consultation and has been published online
Marine Protected Areas
52. MPAs are a key element of Scottish Ministers’ three pillar approach to
marine nature conservation (site protection, species protection and wider seas
policies and measures). Marine Scotland is working in partnership with
Scottish Natural Heritage, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and
Historic Scotland. Guidelines on selection of MPAs and MPA network
development have been published following the recent consultation
53. Stakeholder engagement is a key element of the Scottish Marine Protected
Areas project. In addition to the consultation on MPA guidelines and
discussions at the Forum, engagement to date has included bilaterals with
some sectors and informal discussions via established forums and sectoral
meetings. Two stakeholder workshops have also been held to allow
stakeholders to review the data being used by the project, a third workshop is
planned for October 2011. An engagement plan detailing the opportunities for
stakeholder engagement throughout the MPA process is currently being
developed. In the meantime, the team is happy to arrange specific meetings
between Forum meetings.
Update on Survey Work and Data Mining
54. The 2011/12 survey programme which started in June 2011 and will run
through until the end of November will validate the presence of MPA search
features. The results of the surveys are expected to be available in 2012.
55. SNH and JNCC are continuing work to identify the remaining components
of the Natura network by the end of 2012.
Historic Marine Protected Areas
56. In March, Historic Scotland held two pre-consultation workshops
(Edinburgh and Orkney) and a series of bilateral meetings on draft guidelines
for the selection, designation and management of Historic MPAs. The drafts
are being revised on the basis of feedback received. A final draft will now be
published for consultation in summer 2011 along with a Historic Scotland
strategy for the protection, management and promotion of marine heritage.
Historic Scotland is also supporting work by the Royal Commission on the
Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) to begin to
enhance its Canmore database of archaeological sites for the coasts and seas
around Scotland and to ensure that this information is widely available to
support marine planning and guide sustainable development. This information
can be accessed at www.rcahms.gov.uk.
57. The Scottish Government is developing a marine litter strategy which will
contribute to MSFD. This will include action on devolved issues and
coordination on the prevention and control of marine pollution from shipping
which is an issue reserved to the UK Government.
58. Every five years, UK statutory nature conservation agencies, working
jointly through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), are required
to review Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 list the animals
and plants that are protected by specific provisions of the Act. These
schedules include a number of marine species and the protection relates to
the killing, injuring, taking and selling of the plants and animals listed.
59. The Scottish Government will be issuing a consultation in 2011 to reflect
the proposals in a Scottish context. The Scottish Government will consult with
a wide range of organisations and individuals concerned with, or affected by,
the Quinquennial Review proposals. Following this consultation, Scottish
Ministers will decide on the changes to be made to the Schedules.
New Seal Licensing System
60. The new seal legislation under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 and the
associated seal licensing system, came into effect on 31 January 2011.
61. Marine Scotland received 66 applications for seal licences and granted 65
licences on 31 January 2011.
62. The maximum number of seals permitted to be shot under these licences
was a total of 1,298 seals (984 grey and 314 common) (less than 60% of the
numbers requested). This represents less than 1% of the grey seal population
of 108,000 and slightly over 1.5% of the minimum common seal population of
20,400. It also represents a maximum and on the basis of previous
experience it is likely that licensees will in most cases shoot less than this.
63. The results of the first quarter reports have been published on the website
and show that from the overall maximum of 1,298 seals only 80 (61 grey and
19 common) were shot in the first three months. This represents just over 6%
of the maximum permitted numbers. No seals were shot for almost three
quarters of licences granted. The figures are significantly lower than any
previous estimates of seals shot each year offered by NGOs at between 2,000
and 5,000 per annum.
64. Further information about seal licensing can be found at:-
65. SQA have developed and validated a seal management training course
which all nominated marksmen operating under seal licences will be required
to complete. A number of local colleges are currently developing course
materials to allow them to deliver these courses during 2011. North Atlantic
Fisheries College in Shetland ran the first course at the beginning of June and
are in the process of providing feedback and certification details to Marine
66. On 31 January 2011 a number of Seal Conservation Areas were
introduced to protect vulnerable local populations of common seals. They
cover the Moray Firth, Shetland, Orkney, the Firth of Tay and the Western
Isles. The presence of a seal conservation area means a licence will only be
granted if there is no satisfactory alternative and the killing authorised by the
licence will not be detrimental to the maintenance of the seal population at a
favourable conservation status in their natural range.
67. The Act permits seal haul out sites considered suitable to protect seals
from harassment to be designated through an order in the Scottish
Parliament. The Sea Mammal Research Unit has compiled a list of grey and
common seal haul out sites for consideration as potential designated haul-out
sites which will be the subject of a consultation. The consultation was
launched on the 22 March 2011 and closed on 21 June 2011. Marine Scotland
will consider the responses to this consultation before producing a final list for
inclusion in an order to be presented to the Scottish Parliament.
The Nature of Scotland Awards
68. The Nature of Scotland Awards are open for entries until the 26th August.
Six different categories will recognise outstanding achievements in the
preservation or restoration of our natural heritage. Among the categories is
the marine award, which recognises exceptional contributions to the
conservation or sustainable management of Scotland’s precious marine
resources, and will be sponsored by Marine Scotland. It’s free and easy to
enter, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland to find out more.
Marine Conservation/MPAs : Michael McLeod
Phone number: 01312445562 (ext: 45562)
Seal Licensing : Andrew Kent
Phone number: 01312447929 (ext: 47929)
MARINE RENEWABLES AND OFFSHORE WIND
69. Blue Seas – Green Energy: A Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind
Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters was published along with its associated
Post Adoption Statement on the Scottish Government website on 18 March
2011. The Plan sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for developing
offshore wind energy up to and beyond 2020. It has been developed following
consultation and informed by a substantial evidence base of potential social
and environmental effects with offshore wind development. The Plan
identifies 6 areas for potential development in the short term (to 2020) and 25
medium term areas of search (2020-2030). The 6 short term areas could, in
total, potentially deliver nearly 5 Giga Watts of electricity:
o Argyll Array (Tiree)
o Inch Cape
o Neart na Gaiothe
o Forth Array
o Beatrice (Moray Firth)
70. Implementation of the Plan will be steered at a strategic level by the
Marine Strategy Forum and for individual studies appropriate advisory groups
will be formed. Implementation will include consideration of further lease
bidding; reviewing the evidence base and preparing a research programme to
consider environmental and socio-economic issues and address gaps in
knowledge. We will seek to consider issues at the regional and national level
linking with marine licensing and other marine planning processes such as the
National and Regional Marine Plans as part of a 2 year cycle.
71. All supporting documents in relation to the Plan for offshore wind energy
are available on the Scottish Government website.
72. Scottish Government are currently in discussion with Argyll & Bute Council
on the facilitation of a scenario and masterplanning approach to inform the on-
shore elements of the proposed offshore wind development in the waters off
Tiree. The scenario masterplan approach will involve the participation of key
partner organisations - Argyll & Bute Council, The Crown Estate, SG Planning
Team, Tiree Community Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish
Power Renewables (the developer). The aim of the approach is to work
collaboratively with the Tiree community and the developers to assess the
environmental and socio-economic impacts and benefits which would arise
from the various on shore development scenarios. The intention is to fully
involve the local community and aid, guide and inform the developer to aid its
decision making processes. The process will seek to realise the best
environmental and socio-economic outcomes for the community informed
through consultation based upon practical options for the developer.
Marine Renewables (Wave and Tidal) Sustainability Appraisal
73. In 2007, the Scottish Government published an SEA for Marine
Renewables out to 12 nautical miles (nm). This showed that there is
significant resource within Scottish territorial waters for wave and tidal energy.
Work is now beginning on a Marine Renewables Sustainability Appraisal.
This will refresh the 2007 SEA, and will include the development of a Sectoral
Marine Plan for developing marine renewables in Scotland's renewable
energy zone (out to 200nm’s), a Habitats Regulations Appraisal, Socio-
economic Impact Assessment and consultation. The Saltire Prize Regional
Locational Guidance and Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters lease areas will
provide a starting point for the Outline Plan for Marine Renewables. Further
scoping work will be undertaken to map resource and constraint areas to the
extent of Scotland’s renewable energy zone.
74. A Draft Plan will be formed and consulted upon using the evidence from
the various assessment studies and initiatives.
Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters
75. The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters marine spatial plan framework and
regional locational guidance have been published on the Scottish Government
website. The Scottish Government completed a consultation on these
documents, which included stakeholder events in Orkney and Thurso. Stage
2 of this work is currently being undertaken, which consists of commissioning
a set of studies to fill in the identified gaps in knowledge, to determine the
likely interaction between future renewables activities and other sectors, as
well as the potential environmental effects of the new technologies proposed.
76. In particular, an inshore fishing study is being undertaken to spatially
analyse fishing activity around Scotland, targeted at smaller vessels (under
15m). This will be trialled in the Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters region before
being rolled out to priority offshore energy development areas (and other
priority areas for different aspects of Marine Scotland policies, such as nature
conservation and fishing management) within Scottish territorial waters.
Phone number: 01312441617 (ext: 41617)
EMERGENCY TOWING VESSELS AND CLOSURE OF COASTGUARD
77. On Thursday 23rd June 2011 The House of Commons Transport Select
Committee published it’s report on ‘The Coastguard, Emergency Towing
Vessels and the Maritime Incident Response Group’. It was critical of UK
Governments proposals on these issues.
78. The full report can be found at:
Phone number: 01312446233 (ext: 46233)
Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)
MASTS – Progress and the future
79. MASTS was officially launched at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh in September
2009. The new MASTS Directorate (hosted by St Andrews University) has
been established and began work in March 2011. Professor David Paterson
has been appointed as the Executive Director and Dr Mark James as
Operations Director. The Directorate is responsible for co-ordination of the
MASTS community across Scotland.
The Annual Science Meeting
80. The first Annual Science Meeting (ASM) will take place between 22nd and
24th August 2011, at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt
University. Delegates can now register for the event on the MASTS website.
The meeting entitled: Science to Support the Marine Plan is an inclusive event
and all members of the MASTS community are encouraged to attend. The
major objective of the meeting is to enhance communications and recognise
opportunities for further cooperation within MASTS. On the third day of the
event (24th August), the conference meeting facilities will be available for
meetings and workshops etc. To use this opportunity please contact Emma
Defew (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
The MASTS Website
81. Within the coming months, the MASTS website (www.masts.ac.uk) will be
significantly updated to make it more informative, relevant, timely, accessible
and interactive. Updates, funding and collaboration opportunities can be
received by using the registration facility on the current website. In addition, a
newsletter will be issued regularly by email and contributions invited.
Other initiatives and projects – some highlights
82. MASTS is now an active partner in the recently established Centre of
Research Expertise for Water (CREW) run by the James Hutton Institute
(formed from merger of the Macaulay Land Use Institute and the Scottish
Crop Research Institute: http://www.hutton.ac.uk/) and will be administering
and managing the engagement of CREW with the higher education sector
portfolio. MASTS will be commissioning small but targeted projects in
association with CREW in the near future (register on MASTS site for
information on these projects). Members of the MASTS community are also
involved in the recently established Climate Change Centre of Expertise
83. MASTS also now represented on a range of strategically important
national and international bodies related to science, regulation and
governance. It is anticipated that this role will increase as the capacity of
MASTS to deliver relevant advice increases. In order to understand and
promote these linkages, a list will be compiled of such affiliations and
participants for some roles sought from the MASTS community.
84. The Directorate is currently involved in co-ordinating and brokering
MASTS-led bids for funding through Scottish Natural Heritage and the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It is anticipated that
this activity will increase significantly as the advantages of developing
collaborative proposals under the MASTS umbrella become apparent.
85. An important aspect of MASTS role will be to help to co-ordinate the more
efficient use of available resources –capital, technical and intellectual.
MASTS science is currently organised around 9 Joint Research Themes,
please see MASTS website for details.
86. Anyone wishing to engage with the MASTS community can do so directly,
or through the Directorate.
Contact Details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +44 (0)1334 467200
A Fresh Approach to Fisheries
87. Plans to ensure Scotland maximises the potential of its fisheries and
seafood sectors were unveiled by Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead on
24th June 2011.
88. A stakeholder engagement plan, covering both fisheries management and
seafood supply and marketing, will ensure that all those involved in the fishing
industry work together to achieve the best results.
89. Two new overarching bodies will be created to take this work forward:
The Fisheries Management and Conservation Group will build on the
success of the Conservation Credits Steering Group and cover all aspects
of inshore and offshore sea fisheries
The Scottish Seafood Partnership will replace the existing Scottish
Fisheries Council and will be made up of the key players from processors,
retailers and Producer Organisations seeking to maximise continuity of
supply opportunities to add value from net to plate for all seafood
90. Further details on these plans can be found at:
Increased Protection for Elasmobranchs
91. Mr Lochhead has announced his intention to increase the protection of 26
vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered sharks, skates and rays.
The new order, expected to come into force in January 2012, will extend the
current provisions, which prevent the landing to market of some
elasmobranchs by commercial fishermen, to also cover fishing by recreational
sea anglers. Only catch-and-release by rod and line will be permitted,
allowing recreational sea anglers to continue to tag these species, increasing
our scientific knowledge of Scottish elasmobranchs, whilst ensuring that they
are returned to the sea alive. For more information please follow see:
World Fisheries Congress 2012
92. The 6th World Fisheries Congress is taking place at the Edinburgh
International Conference Centre on 7-11 May 2012. The congress is held
every 4 years, the 4th and 5th event having been held in Vancouver and
93. The theme of the 6th Congress is: Science to underpin sustainable
fisheries; Adaptive management and tools to cope with changing
environments; The social and economic costs of failure and the route to
success; and Meeting the increased protein demands through cultivation.
This translates into a broad programme which includes: science to underpin
sustainability, resilience, management (MPAs and Marine Spatial planning)
and governance (CFP); social and economic issues, role of industry and
accreditation; and GMOs, offshore aquaculture and fish welfare.
Reyes Tora Garabito
Telephone: 0131 244 6431
UK MARINE INDUSTRIES GROWTH STRATEGY
94. Industry and Government are about to agree an integrated economic
What will the strategy achieve?
95. Following consultations with stakeholders, the strategy will set out joint
activities. It addresses agreed key issues and opportunities facing the sector.
It helps to ensure that Industry and Government, working together, put in
place a series of integrated measures to achieve the shared goal of making
the UK marine industries amongst the strongest and fastest growing in the
96. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, industry leaders are taking accountability
for a plan to support economic growth and development of the companies that
make up the industry. The plan covers:
Creation of a unified voice for the marine industries
The industries’ contribution to sustainable UK economic growth through
enhanced trade and exports
Technology and innovation investments
The development of a coherent Skills roadmap
Developing a strong UK offshore renewables sector
Identifying risks and opportunities from future regulations
Improving the Supply Chain
97. The development of the strategy has already resulted in commitments by
companies, trade associations, the Technology Strategy Board, Scottish
Enterprise and others.
Who is taking part?
98. The “Marine Industries” manufacture and provide supporting services in
leisure, Naval, Commercial and Offshore Renewable Energy markets. The
Marine Industries Leadership Council is a forum for the industries’ key
stakeholders – marine businesses (through their trade associations)
customers, sector skills council, trade unions, government, regional
development agencies and the devolved administrations. It is led by a senior
industrialist and the Minister for Business, and supported by Working Groups.
Trade associations representing shipping, ports, and other marine activities
are also tracking development of this strategy, with a view to becoming
Relevance to the Marine Strategy Forum
MSF members wanting to influence and support the strategic change
are invited to join the Council’s work.
This model of cooperative strategy development could be adapted to
provide advice on, and indeed help deliver, Productive Seas and socio-
economic components of the national marine plan for Scottish waters.
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