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Science & Research

starfishBiodiversity research activities within Marine Scotland Science (MSS) are focused on two principal objectives:

  • Understanding the ecological processes which differentiate what the top-predators need to survive
  • Understanding the processes which control the numbers and relative abundance of species which co-exist together

Understanding the ecological processes which differentiate what the top-predators need to survive is crucial to the development of a rounded and balanced ecosystem.

Understanding the processes which control the numbers and relative abundance of species which co-exist together is necessary if fisheries managers are ever to reconcile single-stock fisheries management goals with wider community, or ecosystem, level targets, such as conserving species diversity.

Achieving such balancing acts will soon be a requirement for fisheries managers tasked with adopting an ecosystem approach to management. The need to maintain, conserve and restore biodiversity, and protect top predators competing with fisheries, is explicit in much of the legislation that the European Commission and UK Government intend to adopt over the coming years.

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Fish Populations

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More information about species, migration patterns and the population structures of fish

Ecosystem Monitoring

Monitoring

Find out more about the different types of monitoring undertaken by Marine Scotland Science

Ecosystem Modelling

Ecosystems

Find out more about the different types of environmental modelling undertaken

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Clean Seas

photo taken by Marc Millar - Yellowcraig Beach

Find out more about what is being done to keep the seas clean and litter free

Rockall

Rockall

Read more about the significance and uniqueness of Rockall

Publications

Aquaculture Bill

Read the publications associated with the marine environment