Contact Marine Scotland

General Enquiries

Marine Scotland
Mailpoint 11
1B South
Victoria Quay

Marine Laboratory
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB


Freshwater Laboratory
PH16 5LB


Freshwater Laboratory
Inchbraoch House
South Quay
DD10 9SL


0300 244 4000

Tel: 01224 876544
Fax: 01224 295511

Tel: 01796 472060
Fax: 01796 473523

Tel: 01224 876544
Fax: 01224 295511


Reporting Suspicious Activity

To report any kind of fisheries-related activity you think might be suspicious:

Call 0131 271 9700 (24 hours a day) or email:

Emergency Contacts

In the event of a marine emergency, the Marine Scotland Duty Officer can be contacted by email at or Alternatively, contact the main Scottish Government switchboard on 0300 244 4000 and ask for the Marine Scotland Duty Officer.

For this purpose, a marine emergency includes oil and or chemical pollution incidents from shipping and offshore installations (and the application of chemical dispersants and deployment of containment equipment), marine mammal strandings and fish escapes from marine aquaculture facilities. The Marine Scotland Duty Officer is not a replacement for contacting the usual Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance and Coastguard) where these are required.

Reporting Stranded Marine Animals

In the case of finding a dead or stranded marine animal, call 01463 243030 or email: Rescue for live stranded marine animals is available 24 hours a day by calling:

  • Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline (03000 999 999)
  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue (01825 765546)

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Fish Health Inspectorate

A Fish Health Inspector acts as Duty Inspector (DI) during office hours every day from Monday to Friday. The DI is responsible for responding to queries received via phone or the Fish Health mailbox (contact details below), providing advice on fish health matters to industry, civil service colleagues and members of the public. This includes queries relating to:

  • applications for permission to move live fish subject to movement restrictions, including live fish for harvest
  • applications for a licence to import live aquaculture animals and their products
  • preparation of export certificates
  • notifications of suspicion of a notifiable disease of fish or shellfish
  • notifications of escapes of fish from fish farms
  • registration of new fish or shellfish farming businesses or sites, or changes to the details of existing businesses
  • sampling of fish and shellfish forwarded to Marine Scotland Marine Laboratory for disease diagnosis

If the DI cannot answer your query personally, he or she will make a note of it and either contact you as soon as possible with a reply, or your query will be passed to someone who can help you.

The DI is responsible for ongoing cases in the absence of the case inspector including notifying fish farmers of laboratory test results from samples taken from their farm and any further actions as necessary.

Contact Details

Tel: + 44 (0) 1224 295525
Fax: +44 (0) 1224 295620


Fish Health Inspectorate
Marine Scotland
Marine Laboratory
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB

If an urgent matter arises outside normal office hours, you can telephone the Marine Scotland Science (MSS) switchboard on +44 (0)1224 876544. The officer on duty will contact an inspector to help you.