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Marine Scotland Information
Web portal providing access to descriptions and information about the Scottish marine environment...

Scotland’s varied coasts
Our stunning coastline reflects contrasts in rock types, glacial inheritance and changing sea levels...

Walking Scotland's Coast
Walking round Scotland's coast one day at a time. The story of our journey walking round the beautiful Scottish coast...

Scotland's Beach Awards
Scotland’s 11,800km coastline boasts an impressive mix of stunning rural beaches, great for wildlife watching...

Scotland's magnificent seas
Scotland has an astonishing 10% of Europe’s coastline. Framed by myriad sea lochs, firths and islands...

The National Trust for Scotland
A vital conservation charity protecting Scotland's coast, wilderness, wildlife and countryside for the good of all. Funded largely by donations, membership is very affordable, comes with a raft of benefits and supports their work.

Coastal Regions of Scotland

South West
Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Arran.

Argyll & Bute, Jura, Islay, Mull.

Highland, Skye, Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Shetland.

East & South East
Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Dundee, Fife, Lothian, Borders.

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Latest News

RSS Marine Scotland
  • Boarding Safely in the Future 2nd June 2020
    As an organisation that deals with regulation and enforcement, the COVID-19 pandemic has created some challenges for us and we are committed to doing everything we can to limit the spread of the virus, and to protect our own people as they carry out their duties. Whilst we haven’t stopped all of our surveillance and... […]
  • Angling restrictions eased 29th May 2020
    Angling will be permitted from Friday 29 May as part of phase one of the easing of lockdown restrictions. The post Angling restrictions eased appeared first on Marine Scotland.
  • Research Partners Collaborate One Last Time 20th May 2020
    Earlier this year our colleague and Spatial Ecologist Dr Grant Campbell attended the final EU ATLAS General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh.  26 multidisciplinary partners and leading organisations, including Marine Scotland, attended the conference both in person and via video call to discuss their combined knowledge and understanding of the marine environment in the North Atlantic.... […]
  • Recent Marine Scotland Science Publications 6th May 2020
    Marine Scotland Science, as a core Scottish Government (SG) Division, is working to support SG’s overall COVID-19 response. It also continues to sustain critical marine science delivery and has over the last month produced the following notable publications: Auer, S.K., Bassar, R.D., Turek, D., Anderson, G.J., McKelvey, S., Armstrong, J.D., Nislow, K.H., Downie, H.K., Morgan,... […]
  • Supporting Salmon 1st May 2020
    Recommendations on measures to address the interactions between the farmed and wild salmon sectors have been presented to the Scottish Government. The Salmon Interactions Working Group has published its report which sets out more than 40 recommendations under 5 key themes including the regulation and licensing of fish farms, the collection of data and the... […]
RSS Latest Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme News from SRUC
  • Grim find in whale’s stomach 4th December 2019
    Luskentyre Beach served as a stunning backdrop to a “horrific” discovery by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS).
  • Teaming up to tackle entanglement 29th October 2019
    In the first workshop of its kind in Europe, creel fishermen and women from around Scotland gathered in the Highlands to tackle the problem of marine animal entanglement.
  • A third of UK marine animal strandings are on Scottish coasts 6th September 2019
    A total of 1,616 marine animals were reported washed up on Scottish shorelines in a seven-year period between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report published today.
  • Sea change in Scottish beach surveillance 26th July 2019
    Members of the public can now play a vital role in helping marine scientists gather data on animal strandings and the condition of Scotland’s beaches.
  • A celebration of citizen science 20th February 2019
    A celebration of citizen science following a year that saw more reportings of stranded marine life around Scotland’s coasts than ever before is to be held in the Highlands.
  • Scotland's Coastal Communities Network 13th September 2018
    CAOLAS is part of a network of other Scottish community coastal groups interested in protecting and preserving our special marine environment. One of the Coastal Communities Network members has been in the news again, with COAST (based in Arran), alongside Network associates Open Seas, exposing the low number of fisheries infringements taken forward by Marine Scotland Compliance.  The article […]
  • KIPPER: How to Report Suspicious Activity in Marine Protected Areas 13th September 2018
    The Loch Sunart to Sound of Jura MPA came into force in 2016 to protect our resident population of common (or flapper) skate, the world’s largest skate species. The Government in the form of Marine Scotland currently has very limited resources to monitor our inshore waters, so our friends in the Community of Arran Seabed […]
  • Marine Scotland Consultation on Large Scale Harvesting of Kelp 13th September 2018
    ​CAOLAS looks to respond to any consultations which impact on our coastal and marine environment. One such consultation exercise is from Marine Scotland and the deadline was 24thAugust. Marine Scotland is looking for views on the proposed large scale harvesting of wild seaweed on the West Coast of Scotland. CAOLAS along with other groups which form […]
  • Sunart Water Festival: 16th September 13th July 2018
    Many of the CAOLAS trustees are involved with the first Sunart Water Festival being held on Sunday 16th September 2016. Full details are below the poster for the event. Andy Jackson will be there in his coastguard capacity and giving a safety talk as well as supporting the safety cover of the Highland Open Water […]
  • Illustrated talk with HWDT: 18th July 13th July 2018
    CAOLAS is hosting another illustrated talk, this time given by Alison Lomax, Director of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT).The talk is entitled "Protecting our whales, dolphins, sharks and porpoise: The Evidence for Change" and is sure to be a thought provoking opportunity to update yourself on the latest information from the research gained […]
RSS Marine Scotland Information
  • MS Maps NMPi update - March 2020 6th March 2020
    Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive) is Marine Scotland’s on-line planning portal making spatial data available to marine stakeholders in an easily accessible form to assist with the implementation of marine planning. Marine Scotland works with Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Marine Alliance for Science and […]
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