April 2015 eNews

Welcome to the latest Moray Firth Partnership e-bulletin!

“Maritime and Coastal Management Planning for the future of the Moray Firth” Open Meeting Mondy 18th May
Scotland’s first National Marine plan has just been published and the Scottish Government recently selected the first pilot areas (Clyde and Shetland) to start work on developing regional marine plans. Western Isles and Orkney are expected to follow next year. There is no exact timetable for the Moray Firth or other areas.

However, the development of a regional plan will be a long process, and Marine Scotland has encouraged regional areas to be proactive with this process. There is a lot that we could usefully look at now in terms of identifying what might work best for the Moray Firth area and setting out a timetable of what needs to be done over the next few years to achieve that.

This open stakeholder session will include presentations from Marine Scotland on progressing regional marine planning, from the UHI NAFC Marine Centre in Shetland who are on the fifth iteration of their local marine plan, and the Highland Council on local experiences in developing a spatial marine plan for the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters.

This is a great opportunity for all marine users to discuss how we might develop a Regional Marine Plan for the Moray Firth, e.g.

  • Do we need to start work on a MF Regional Marine Plan now?
  • What key elements should the first plan cover?
  • Who should lead on developing the plan / setting up a Moray Firth “Marine Planning Partnership”
  • How could this be resourced?
  • Who should lead the MPP, responsible for implementing and monitoring the plan?
  • Next steps….

Full details here.

The company’s Annual General Meeting will be held on the same day and both members and non members are welcome to attend. We will be having a celebration of 21 years since the coastal partnerships were first set up and a quick look at the advances in integrated coastal zone management. I hope that many of you who have been an integral part of this continuing journey will be able to join us on the day.

Marine Planning Updates

National Marine Plan Published

Scotland’s first ever National Marine Plan has been published by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.  The plan sets out a single statutory planning framework for all marine activity in Scottish waters. This will include policies for the sustainable management of a wide range of marine industries, including fishing and ports and those more recently emerging such as offshore wind and marine renewable energy. The framework covers all of Scotland’s seas out to 200 nautical miles and applies to existing and emerging activities as well as devolved and reserved functions.  Read more....

Marine Scotland National Marine Plan interactive

National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi), Marine Scotland’s on-line portal for marine planning is constantly being added to and updated. Martyn Cox provides regular updates on new layers added and existing layers with new information.  Read more...

If there are any particular data sets that would be useful to display on NMPi, please get in touch with Martyn by email or phone (contact details are below). Feedback on NMPi is welcome at any time.

Martyn Cox, Marine Scotland – Marine Planning and Policy
Scottish Government | Area 1A South | Victoria Quay | Edinburgh EH6 6QQ
Tel: +44 (0)131 244 7463 Mob: +44 (0)7768 802274 Fax: +44 (0)131 244 7163

Scottish EU Funding Portal Public Launch

The Scottish EU Funding Portal is designed to help provide information on EU programmes and help applicants build partnerships. The site is now open for registration. As a registered user, the Portal will allow you access to the following facilities:

  • Information on the new EU Programmes including latest Calls for proposals and NCP contact details
  • A back catalogue of 4,000 EU funded Scottish projects
  • Edit your organisation’s EU project information
  • Share Project Ideas to help find partners to work with
  • Add approved EU projects to your organisation’s profile
  • Set up favourite searches and notifications
  • Share stories, news and events through the blog

Celebrating Scotland’s Coast: 21 years of local coastal partnerships

Scotland’s seven Local Coastal Partnerships (LCPs) jointly hosted an event on Tuesday 09 December 2014 at the Scottish Parliament to celebrate the contribution they have made to integrated coastal zone management over two decades and their continuing role in developing marine planning. The event, which was supported by the Scottish Coastal Forum, was well attended by many stakeholders and MSPs, including Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, Richard Lochhead and the Shadow Cabinet Secretary, Sarah Boyack. It was a rare opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders from around Scotland to get together and engage in enjoyable and lively discussion about the coast. Read more....

MFP Project News

It's been a busy few months for Seafood - See Here! - a Moray Firth Partnership-led initiative to encourage the availability of, and demand for, Scottish seafood in the coastal communities of the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire.

A second Scottish seafood hub was established, in the region of Moray at Keith Community Market, where local people and visitors can now purchase fresh, Scottish seafood from a fish van located at St Thomas's Church hall in the town on the last Saturday of every month.

Filming is underway for a short film for the new Seafood - See Here! website, depicting the various ways in which people can enjoy Scottish seafood. The first day of shooting saw the camera crew travel to Whitehills, Buckie, Cullen and Inverness in the Highlands to record footage of local fishing industry figures at work and the public enjoying some locally caught seafood. The film will feature on the new Seafood - See Here! website which will also include information on seasonal seafood, recipes, local seafood events and an interactive map which shows users where they can find their nearest supplies of Scottish seafood. The site is in the final stages of development and will be launched this month.

The Seafood - See Here! project has many beneficial outcomes - supporting the Scottish fishing industry and local economy, encouraging people to eat healthier and celebrating our country's homegrown produce. It also ties in with the Scottish Government's Good Food Nation vision - to take pride in the food and drink we serve in Scotland and drive public awareness on a local and international level. At Moray Firth Partnership, we're delighted that our seafood project is helping to publicise the wonderful seafood that we have here in Scotland, not just to local communities, but also to overseas visitors.

Please check out our Facebook page and add us to your list of likes! This has only just been developed, so we’ll be putting out regular updates.  You can also follow us on Twitter.

Inshore Fisheries Groups

The latest IFG Winter 2014-15 Newsletter was publised on 14 January 2015 and is available to view and download here.  In this issue you can read about the 1.4m EFF funded projects to promote inshore fisheries, new legislation and consultations and other practical progress around the coast such as the new chiller and ice machine being installed at Burghead in Moray, and the Orkney trials on juvenile lobster habitat preference within artificial structures.

Ullapool Nephrops Trawler


Harbouring Heritage: The History of Fortrose Harbour
Chanonry Sailing Club have recently published an updated version of Harbouring Heritage which tells the history of Fortrose Harbour. Click here to read.  Richard Jenner writes:

"We've learnt a lot more about the volume and nature of cargoes in the years immediately preceding the 'Black Isle' railway and from the bicycle hire records in the guardian ship of Groam House Museum, we've been able to identify by name 44 different warships at the Fortrose anchorage in that last year of peace before World War 1.

We've also learnt that after World War 1, submarine flotillas anchored at Fortrose. The final section has been expanded to record the development of the harbour facilities by Chanonry SC. While this last section will be of interest mainly to those involved with the club, it does contain some snippets of social history and is a testimony to determination to build a community club from scratch."


For more information about any of the Partnership’s work, please contact:-
Kathryn Logan, Manager
Moray Firth Partnership, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, INVERNESS IV3 8NW
Tel: 01463 725028  Email

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