National Resources

A wide range of information is available through Scottish and UK government websites, and other key organisations.  The following resources and links provide a selection of public information relevant to coastal and marine issues.


Link Marine Scotland Website
Link Marine Plan (25 March 2015). The creation of the National Marine Plan has involved a wide range of supporting documents and information. Marine Scotland have provided one web area where you can find all of the documents mentioned in the Plan, as well as other useful information.

National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) Marine Scotland’s on-line, interactive mapping system making spatial data available to marine stakeholders in an easily accessible form to assist with the implementation of marine planning.


Marine Scotland Interactive is the new resource for providing access to spatial data held by Marine Scotland. The first phase of the Marine Scotland Interactive project concentrates on themed marine environmental data covering renewable energy, monitoring, conservation and marine spatial planning.


June 2015 'The Relationship Between the Statutory Land Use Planning System and Marine Planning and Licencing' marine planning Circular explains the relationship between the marine and terrestrial planning systems, including related regimes such as marine licencing and consenting for offshore energy generation, ports and harbours development and aquaculture.


As part of the continued work on developing a sustainable fishery, Marine Scotland hosted the first annual Inshore Fishery Conference on 8 February 2013.  A full report of the conference has been published online.


Scotland's Marine Atlas is an assessment of the condition of Scotland's seas, based on scientific evidence from data  and analysis and supported by expert judgement.  Marine Scotland have launched a new ebook version of Scotland’s Marine Atlas, which can be downloaded on most tablet devices -Scotland's Marine Atlas - ebook


Guide to Marine Licensing.  Published by the Scottish Government, this document is designed to help anyone who plans to carry out a licensable activity within the Scottish marine area and can help you to decide whether a Marine Licence is required for your activity under Part 4 of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 or Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.


Link Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) River Basin Management Plans for the North Highland and North East Scotland areas (among other areas) can be viewed and downloaded from the SEPA website.


Link UK Seamap 2010 Predictive Mapping of Seabed Habitats in UK Waters was established to produce an ecologically relevant, full-coverage map of seabed habitats across the entire UK marine area.



The GB Non Native Species Group have re-printed a number of materials which may be of use to Local Action Groups for raising awareness of the Check Clean Dry and Be Plant Wise campaigns. Read more....


GB Invasive Non-Native Species Strategy 2015. This document updates and replaces the original Strategy published in 2008 and has benefited greatly from the extensive input of a wide range of stakeholders. The DRAFT Strategy Implementation Plan (163kb pdf) is a table that sits alongside the Strategy and includes more detail on the delivery of each key action.