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Moray Firth Regional Advisory Group

The Moray Firth Regional Advisory Group (MFRAG) has been set up to meet the requirements of the section 36 and associated Marine Licence condition.

Consents were granted by the Scottish Ministers under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm (BOWL) Electricity Generating Station with a maximum generating capacity of 750 MW, and for the Telford, Stevenson and MacColl Offshore Wind Farm Electricity Generating Stations in the Outer Moray Firth (MORL) with a combined maximum generating capacity of 1,116 MW.

Under the conditions of the s36 consents and marine licences, several projects within the Moray Firth must include an EMP and PEMP with an Advisory Group to provide advice to the Scottish Ministers for research, monitoring and mitigation programmes of the EMP and PEMP at a strategic level.

Post-consent monitoring requirements are incorporated into licence conditions in order to:

  • validate, or reduce uncertainty in predictions on environmental impacts recorded in supporting Environment Impact Assessments (EIA) and Habitats Regulation Assessments (HRA)
  • provide evidence on the effectiveness of mitigation measures
  • allow identification of any unforeseen consequences

For more information about the MFRAG please download the Moray Firth Regional Advisory Group Terms of Reference.

The minutes and relevant papers from the MFRAG meetings can be dowloaded below.

Meeting Minutes & Agendas Papers Discussed
9 March 2015  
11 May 2015 BOWL Sandeel Survey Results - Technical Report 
  BOWL Pre-construction Benthic Sampling and DDV Survey - Scope of Works
  BOWL Cod Survey Results - Technical Reports
  MORL Telemetry Study of Post-Smolt Emigration Behaviour
19 September 2017 Project Environmental Monitoring Programme (PEMP)
  BOWL Cromarty Firth Smolt Tracking Study Final Report
22 February 2018 Moray East Offshore Windfarm Project Update Presentation

Information for the MFRAG sub-groups can be found below.

Benthic Ecology Marine Mammals Ornithology Fish Biology Other