Marine Scotland contact information

Contact information for the Marine Scotland Directorate.


General enquiries



Marine Scotland
Mailpoint 11
1B South
Victoria Quay
EH6 6QQ 

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Marine Laboratory
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB

Telephone: 0131 244 2500

Freshwater Laboratory
PH16 5LB

Telephone: 0131 244 2900

Freshwater Laboratory
Inchbraoch House
South Quay
DD10 9SL

Telephone: 0131 244 4500

Seal licensing queries

Recreational fisheries queries

Marine compliance: fishery office information

See details of fishery offices in Scotland, including contact details, and maps of locations and boundaries.

Emergency contacts

In the event of a marine emergency, the Marine Scotland Duty Officer can be contacted by Mobile 07770 733423  or by email at

For this purpose, a marine emergency includes oil and or chemical pollution incidents from shipping and offshore installations (and the application of chemical dispersants and deployment of containment equipment) and marine mammal strandings. The Marine Scotland Duty Officer is not a replacement for contacting the usual Emergency Services (Fire, Police, Ambulance and Coastguard) where these are required.

Reporting suspicious activity

To report any kind of fisheries-related activity you think might be suspicious:

Call 0131 271 9700 (24 hours a day) or email:

Reporting a stranded marine animal

If you find a dead of stranded marine animal, telephone 01463 243 030 or email: Rescue for live stranded marine animals is available 24 hours a day by calling:

  • Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline (03000 999 999)
  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue (01725 765 546)

Fish Health Inspectorate

A Fish Health Inspector acts as Duty Inspector during office hours every day from Monday to Friday to deal with queries relating to:

  • fish escapes from marine aquaculture facilities
  • applications for permission to move live fish subject to movement restrictions, including live fish for harvest
  • applications for a licence to import live aquaculture animals and their products
  • preparation of export certificates
  • notifications of suspicion of a notifiable disease of fish or shellfish
  • notifications of escapes of fish from fish farms
  • registration of new fish or shellfish farming businesses or sites, or changes to the details of existing businesses
  • sampling of fish and shellfish forwarded to Marine Scotland Marine Laboratory for disease diagnosis

Reporting invasive species

Should you wish to report finding any of the invasive non-native species, call Scottish Environment and Rural Services (SEARS) on 08452 30 20 50

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