Marine Scotland (MS), Highland Council (HC) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC) have established a
working group to develop a pilot non-statutory Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial
Plan (the pilot plan). This will be supported by an advisory group that will be set up during 2013.
The pilot plan will promote the sustainable management and development of the marine environment and will incorporate economic, environmental and social considerations into marine development decision making.
The pilot plan aims to develop a strategic decision making framework for licensing and other consent applications in the marine area. The plan will seek to reconcile the aspirations of all users of the marine area including the interests of the marine renewable energy sector, inshore fisheries, shipping and navigation, aquaculture, the oil and gas sector, recreation (by locals and visitors) and tourism.
The plan will promote sustainable economic growth and management of the marine environment.