Scottish Marine Regions
The Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced integrated management of Scotland's seas. The creation of a National Marine Plan, as required by the Act, sets the wider context for planning within Scotland including what should be considered when creating regional marine plans. Eleven Scottish Marine Regions have been created under the Act (see Appendix 2 map) which cover sea areas extending out to 12 nautical miles.
To support the development of Regional Marine Plans by Regional Marine Planning Partnerships, tonnages/shell numbers and financial values of annual shellfish production for mussels and Pacific oysters have been calculated for the regions defined under the Act. These regional data are presented in Appendix 2.
In order to maintain commercial confidentiality mussel production figures for Argyll & Clyde, and the West Highlands, Moray Firth & the North Coast were merged. Pacific oyster production for the West Highlands & the North Coast also required to be merged to maintain commercial confidentiality. Other shellfish species including native oyster (Argyll & Solway), scallop (Argyll & West Highlands) and queen scallop (Clyde & West Highlands) were produced, however these figures cannot be attributed to Scottish Marine Regions due to commercial confidentiality.