Marine planning

  1. Developing essential fish habitat maps: report

    The project helped define areas of the sea essential to fish for spawning, breeding, feeding, or growth to maturity. Twenty-nine species and multiple life-stages were reviewed covering marine fish and shellfish of commercial and ecological importance, relevant to offshore wind development areas.

  2. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  3. National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

  4. Priority marine feature surveys within the Small Isles MPA and surrounding waters

    Marine Scotland collected and analysed abundance information for species with conservation importance relevant to priority marine features in the Small Isles MPA and the surrounding region (2012 – 2017). Abundance changes for key species and the relationship with fishing activity was assessed.

  5. Scotland's Blue Economy: current status review

    Describes our starting position in the transition to adopting a Blue Economy approach to marine sectors, communities, and the environment. It provides us with the foundation to consider how we can track our progress and determine if significant and lasting change is occurring.

  6. Farm salmon escape event: levels of farm/wild hybridisation

    Results of a genetic survey to examine levels of farm/wild hybrid salmon in rivers local to a large-scale farm escape in in south west Scotland and north east England. This occurred in 2020 when MOWI’s Carradale North fish farm shifted position after its seabed anchors became dislodged during Storm Ellen.

  7. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: strategic environmental asessment

    This initial strategic environmental report assesses the environmental impacts of the Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) policy.

  8. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: socio-economic impact assessment – methodology

    This initial socio-economic impact assessment (SEIA) identifies and assesses potential economic and social effects of HPMAs and proposes a methodology for carrying out the site specific SEIAs.

  9. Highly Protected Marine Areas: consultation

    This consultation paper sets out the background, process, and rationale for Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA), as well as containing the consultation questions.

  10. Highly Protected Marine Areas: policy framework

    Sets out our proposed definition and aims of Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) and what this could mean for different activities taking place in Scottish waters. Also describes how we will account for socio-economic factors alongside ecological considerations and proposed new legal powers.

  11. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: ICIA – partial screening report

    This report seeks to complete the first two stages of the island communities impact assessment (ICIA) process by identifying whether there are issues which merit further exploration. Consultation responses will be used to determine whether a full ICIA is required once specific HPMA sites are proposed.

  12. Highly Protected Marine Areas: stakeholder engagement plan

    This stakeholder engagement plan outlines how stakeholders can engage with the Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) process and provide their input and views.

  13. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: sustainability appraisal

    Drafted by marine consultants ABPmer, the sustainability appraisal provides assessment of any cumulative impacts of the Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) policy and is based upon the draft policy framework and site selection guidelines.

  14. Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) - site selection: draft guidelines

    Guidelines describing the proposed process for identifying and selecting Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) in Scottish waters. These were drafted by our statutory nature conservation advisors, NatureScot and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

  15. Highly Protected Marine Areas - policy framework and site selection guidelines: partial BRIA

    The partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) presents an initial assessment of the potential costs, benefits and risks of introducing HPMAs and their potential impacts on public, private or third sectors.

  16. Sectoral Marine Plan: roadmap of actions

    Road map of actions required to improve our understanding of the potential implications of ScotWind sites on seabirds as identified by the Sectoral Marine Plan.

  17. Offshore wind developments - collision and displacement in petrels and shearwaters: literature review

    Literature review of the risk of collision and displacement in petrels and shearwaters from offshore wind developments in Scotland.

  18. Delivering Scotland's Blue Economy approach

    Sets out the first phase of delivery towards our Blue Economy Vision (published March 2022). It provides a clear picture of where we are now in relation to the six Blue Economy outcomes and sets out our next steps in delivering a collaborative approach in Scotland.

  19. Scenario mapping for offshore renewable energy development economic benefits: case studies

    Report to identify, measure and value the delivered and potential economic impact for Scotland from offshore wind and tidal energy projects.

  20. National marine plan 2: engagement strategy

    Stakeholder engagement strategy and statement of public participation for Scotland's national marine plan 2.

  21. Seafood strategy

    Affirms the importance of the seafood sector and sets out how we are supporting industry to contribute to achieving our blue economy aspirations.

  22. Seabird flight height data collection at an offshore wind farm: final report

    Understanding seabird flight heights and behaviour in and around operational offshore wind farms is a priority knowledge gap. Using aircraft mounted LiDAR technology, this study collected data on seabird flight height and shows the potential for using it in offshore windfarm impact assessments.

  23. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2022

    Details how we will deliver our priorities over the lifetime of the National Islands Plan. It identifies the methods to monitor progress towards fulfilling the many commitments in the Plan and sets out timescales for delivery of our work.

  24. Development of a novel physiology tag to measure oxygen consumption in free-ranging seabirds: research

    This project took initial steps to develop a new type of tag that can measure energy expenditure of seabirds. To do this, the project adapted a Near-infrared spectroscopy system for humans, that can measure muscle oxygen saturation, and deployed the new tags on European shags.

  25. Feasibility of extending SeabORD to the entire breeding season: study

    SeabORD is a method that can assess displacement and barrier effects from offshore renewables on seabirds, but is currently limited to four species during the chick-rearing season. This review examined ways to improve the SeabORD model including extending to the entire breeding season.

  26. Fish and fisheries research to inform ScotMER evidence gaps and future strategic research in the UK: review

    This study undertook a literature review and consultation with key stakeholders to establish current knowledge for evidence gaps identified in the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries evidence map. This report includes research recommendations to help fill remaining strategic priority gaps.

  27. Offshore wind developments assessment - seabird collision risk, displacement and barrier effects: study

    This project developed a new framework to enable the assessment of collision, displacement and barrier effects on seabirds from offshore renewable developments to be integrated into a single overall assessment of combined impacts.

  28. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  29. Assessing fisheries displacement by other licensed marine activities: good practice guidance - literature review

    This project developed ‘Good Practice Guidance for Assessing Fisheries Displacement’ through a detailed literature review and consultation with the ScotMER Fish and Fisheries Receptor Group (FFSRG), commercial fisheries industry, offshore energy and regulatory sectors.

  30. Defining 'local area' for assessing impact of offshore renewables and other marine developments: guidance principles

    These guidance principles provide a first step in developing an appropriate approach for defining the impact area on land for large industrial developments (such as offshore windfarms) at sea. The principles are based on a review of literature and practice described in the accompanying report.

  31. Develop best practice recommendations for combining seabird study data collected from different platforms: study

    This study developed best practice guidance to combine seabird survey data collected from different platforms based on a literature review, expert knowledge and a bespoke model development including sensitivity analysis. This can be used in environmental assessments for planning and licensing.

  32. Improving Our Understanding of Seabird Behaviour at Sea

    This project collated tracking data from five seabird species thought to be vulnerable to offshore wind farms. These data were analysed to understand whether seabird distribution data, usually undertaken in daytime, good weather conditions, were representative of behaviour in other conditions.

  33. Impact of climate change on seabird species off the east coast of Scotland and potential implications for environmental assessments: study

    This study investigated the potential impacts of climate change on seabird distribution, abundance and demography off the east coast of Scotland, and examined integration of these climate models into standard population forecast models used in assessments for offshore wind developments.

  34. Offshore renewables - social impact: two way conversation with the people of Scotland

    Findings from a piece of participatory research into the social impacts of offshore wind farms (OWFS) in Scotland. It describes innovative methods used to develop a conceptual framework, based on social values, that enables a better understanding of the social impacts of OWFs.

  35. Offshore wind farm developments - public perceptions: survey

    Findings from a survey exploring public perceptions of offshore wind farm (OWF) developments in Scotland. It describes whether and how respondents in Scotland have been impacted by OWFs, their attitudes to OWFs, and how OWFS affect their tourism and recreation choices.

  36. Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019: ministerial direction

    Direction given under Section 37 (1) of the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019.

  37. A Blue Economy Vision for Scotland

    Sets out our long-term ambition for Scotland’s blue economy to 2045. It demonstrates how much we value our marine environment and its significance. This is captured in six outcomes sitting across a range of environmental, social and economic ambitions.

  38. Sectoral marine plan - offshore wind for innovation and targeted oil and gas decarbonisation: initial plan framework

    The Initial Plan Framework (IPF) outlines the process for development of the Sectoral Marine Plan for Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) Decarbonisation. The IPF also sets out the areas that will be used for future seabed leasing.

  39. Seaweed Review statement: February 2022

    A statement that provides an update on the work completed to date through the Seaweed Review Steering Group.

  40. Potential scale of Scottish seaweed-based industries: research paper

    This report provides an assessment of the current status and future growth opportunities for Scottish seaweed-based industries. It includes a scenario analysis that explores the key areas of growth for the seaweed sector and the wider economic and social impacts of possible growth scenarios.

  41. National Marine Plan - EU exit: interpretive guidance

    Guidance on how to interpret the National Marine Plan after the UK exits from the European Union. This guidance applies from 1 January 2021 and should be used to interpret references to the European Union in the National Marine Plan.

  42. Crown Estate Scotland: framework document

    Guidance on Crown Estate Scotland operating framework.

  43. Ultra-deep water port: feasibility study

    Report compiled by Ernst & Young following their feasibility study looking at the most cost effective locations for an ultra-deep water port in the UK.

  44. Scotland's marine economic statistics 2016

    The publication presents economic statistics for industrial categories defined as part of the marine sector.

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