Marine Planning

The introduction of the Marine (Scotland) Act means better management of the competing demands on marine resources is key and the creation of a National Marine Plan will ensure increasing demands for the use of our marine environment are managed, economic development of marine industries is encouraged and environmental protection is incorporated into marine decision making. It will also have a role to play in managing adaptation to climate change.

Marine Scotland is involved at various levels:

There are also close links to:



Marine Planning

Key documents, guidance and case studies about marine planning in Scotland

Regional Planning

Marine Scotland

Information and Guidance about more local Marine Planning considerations



Access data and information through the interactive marine planning tool

Planning 2

Setting the Scene

Marine Scotland Act

Information about the wider context for Marine Planning


Marine Strategy Forum

More about this stakeholder group that provides advice on key strategies and priorities



Read more about the Europe-led Marine Strategy Framework Directive