Marine Directorate

What we do

We are responsible for the integrated management of Scotland's seas, working closely with delivery partners NatureScot, Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

We are responsible for:

  • marine renewable, fishing vessel, freshwater fisheries and seal licensing
  • ensuring compliance with fisheries regulations
  • promoting sustainable, profitable and well-managed fisheries and aquaculture industries
  • ensuring a sound scientific evidence base exists to inform our marine policies
  • the sustainable management of freshwater fish and fisheries resources
  • promoting sustainable economic growth from the marine renewables industry

Who we are

Cabinet Secretary and Ministers


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