Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan - Socio-Economic Baseline Review

This Socio-Economic Baseline Review provides a regional overview of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters area for the pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan. It also informs the Sustainability Appraisal for this Plan.

1. Introduction

1.1.1 This report provides a regional socio-economic baseline review of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters ( PFOW) area for the pilot PFOW Marine Spatial Plan. It addresses, on a sector by sector basis, all marine users within the PFOW area. This report informs the PFOW Sustainability Appraisal and provides a basis for future assessments that may be required in the area. There are many interdependencies between marine activities in the area that are critical to the viability of a wide range of services and jobs that greatly benefit its fragile coastal communities. The list of marine uses from Scotland's Marine Atlas [1] has been used as a starting point as it provides a comprehensive categorisation of marine uses in Scotland's seas. The following marine sectors have been analysed:

  • Aggregates and Dredging
  • Aquaculture (finfish and shellfish)
  • Aviation
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Coast Protection and Flood Defence
  • Commercial Fisheries
  • Energy Generation (and offshore renewables supply chains)
  • Military Interests
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power Interconnectors, Distribution and Telecom Cables
  • Shipping, Ports and Harbours
  • Tourism (including heritage assets)
  • Water Sports and Recreational Boating


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