Marine Scotland is the marine management organisation for Scotland. It was established on 1 April 2009 as part of the Scottish Government, bringing together the functions and resources of Scottish Government's Marine Directorate, Fisheries Research Services ( FRS) and Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency ( SFPA).
Marine Scotland will deliver integrated marine management functions - science, policy development and delivery, compliance monitoring and enforcement - whether fully or executively devolved to Scottish Ministers, both inside and outside territorial waters. It will take on further responsibilities in the event of the Scottish Marine Bill being enacted.
Purpose and Mission
Marine Scotland's overall responsibility is to ensure delivery, in a marine context, of the Scottish Government's purpose of sustainable economic growth and our aims for our marine and coastal environments.
Its mission is, in carrying out its own functions and by working with others, to manage Scotland's seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability.
The Marine Scotland 2009 Strategy Statement gives more information on the Scottish Government's vision for Scotland's seas and how it will be achieved.