Marine Directorate science

Information about the work of Marine Directorate's science and research division.


Marine Scotland Science (MSS), the scientific division of the Marine Directorate, plays an integral part in supporting the Scottish Government's vision of marine and coastal environments that are clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse and are managed to meet the long-term needs of both nature and people.

The purpose of science within Marine Scotland is to:

  • provide expert scientific, economic and technical advice and services on issues relating to marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, marine renewable energy, and the aquatic environment and its flora and fauna

  • provide the evidence to support the policies and regulatory activities of the Scottish Government through a programme of monitoring and research

  • perform regulatory and enforcement activities

  • represent the Scottish Government at national and international meetings

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.

Some archival information on the work of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) may still be found on the archived version of the Scottish Government's website.



Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Marine Scotland
Mailpoint 11
1B South
Victoria Quay

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