Marine Scotland Science (MSS) plays an important part in supporting the Scottish Government's vision of marine and coastal environments which are clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse, managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people.
MSS undertakes research and monitoring to provide scientific and technical advice on a wide range of marine and fisheries issues. Work covers both the freshwater enviroment (at laboratories in Pitlochry, Montrose and an outstation in Shieldaig) and marine environment (at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen). The nature of the work is diverse and includes ship and shore-based monitoring, laboratory work and the use of state-of-the-art computer technology and GIS systems to analyse, plot and present the information produced from the research.
MSS data is used in national assessments, such as Scotland’s Marine Atlas, Charting Progress 2 and international assessments conducted by inter-governmental organisations such as OSPAR and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The scientists, engineers and socio-economists at MSS also collaborate extensively with academics across the UK, other Government organisations and internationally.
The monitoring and research done by Marine Scotland Science is overseen by a Science Advisory Board to assure the independence, impartiality and quality of science that it delivers.