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Useful Websites

revolving globeThere are lots of different places and websites where you can find information - this page is just the start. More pages will be added to it over time and to make things easier, the websites marked with * have specific areas for education or children.

If you have a website that you think we should add, email Marine Scotland.

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Scotland

  • Arran Coast: Produced by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) to develop pupils’ knowledge and skills and through raising their awareness, encourage them to take responsibility for the seas around them. 
  • Deep Sea World: Scotland's National Aquarium with the UK’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, mysterious coral reefs, majestic sharks and our amazing seal sanctuary. You can also dive with sharks.
  • *Learning Teaching Scotland (LTS): a website for schools and teachers with information and resources on a wide range of subjects including Weather & Climate Change and Renewable Energy.
  • Macduff Aquarium: Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland's largest bay. Visitors come face-to-face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea.
  • Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (MASTS): MASTS is helping to establish a Scottish strategy for marine science that will deliver increased value to the public from its investments.
  • Scotland's Aquaculture: this website has been developed to provide access to a range of information about aquaculture in Scotland.
  • *Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS): SAMS is one of the UK's leading and oldest independent marine research organisations with five major research themes: Arctic research; marine processes and climate; marine renewable energy; prosperity from marine ecosystems and industrial effects on oceans.
  • *Scotland's Environment Web (SEweb): SEweb brings together environmental data and reports and aims to be the gateway to everything you want to know about Scotland's environment. This is a link to their Youth Discussion section.
  • *Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA): SEPA is Scotland's environmental regulator and its main role is to protect and improve the environment in Scotland.
  • *Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH): SNH is responsible for looking after Scotland's natural landscape and its role is to increase understanding and promote responsible, sustainable use.
  • *Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Virtual Dives: a new page from Scottish Natural Heritage with an interactive page which includes virtual dives for MPAs and basking shark tracking work.
  • Scottish Seabird Centre: the Seabird Centre website has lots of interesting information and some excellent webcams for viewing birds and seals.
  • Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN):  the SSACN is an independent charity focusing on marine conservation issues, especially those affecting sea anglers.
  • *Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP): the SSTP is keen to help educate Scottish children about the various species of fish and their natural environments in their local waters.
  • *Seafood in Schools: this website aims to teach children about Scottish seafood: where it comes from; how it reaches our plates, and why eating seafood is good for you.
  • Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU): the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) carries out research into the biology of marine mammals, trains marine mammal scientists through undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and advises governments, non-governmental organisations and industry on conservation issues.
  • *St Abbs Nature Voluntary Marine Reserve: this website contains details about the work undertaken at the voluntary reserve.
  • Tobermory Marine exhibition:  this webcase showcases the informative and interactive experience that shows the life of Tobermory community’s working harbour and local waters.
     

UK and Beyond

  • BBC Website - Nature Pages: the BBC has got lots of information, images and films of different fish - and habitats - which are just superb.
  • *British Trout Association: the British Trout Association Ltd (BTA) has been representing the UK trout industry for over 25 years and is entirely funded by member farmers and suppliers. The site includes games, recipes and facts and figures.
  • The International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES): it has a Popular Advice website with lots of information about fish stocks, including a map.
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC): the JNCC is the adviser to the UK Government on national and international nature conservation and its role is to maintain and enhance biological diversity.
  • MAGIC: a Natural England/Defra website containing an interactive map which allows users to view and interrogate map-based environmental scheme and designation information. There are also static maps and a dataset information and download facility on the site.
  • *Marine Conservation Society (MCS): the Marine Conservation Society is a UK charity which works to protect seas, shores and wildlife. Its website also includes an area for children - Cool Seas - which has lots of fun games and information.
  • Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP): the United Kingdom Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) brings together scientists, government, its agencies and NGOs to provide co-ordinated advice on the effects of climate change around the UK coast and in its seas.
  • *Marine Stewardship Council (MSC): the MSC is an independent non-profit organisation with an ecolabel and fishery certification programme. It also has an active education website called Fish and Kids.
  • *National Geographic education: The National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): its National Marine Sanctuaries area has a useful section about careers in marine biology.
  • *National Oceanographic Centre (NOC): NOC is the national centre for oceanography in the UK and one of the world's top five oceanographic research institutions. Its website has a wide range of resources and information for schools, teachers and the general public.
  • OSPAR: the OSPAR Convention is a piece of legislation that ensures protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. It is managed by the OSPAR Commission, made up of representatives of the Governments of 15 Contracting Parties and the European Commission, representing the European Union.