News and Information

On the left you will find links to company documents, publications, resources and general information relating to the Moray Firth.

If you have any coastal and marine news to share, local events to list, or wish to contribute an article to the next newsletter, please let us know. The Moray Firth Partnership is now on Facebook....please head over and take a look.  All feedback is welcome.


Highland & Moray Fisheries Fund – Round 4 deadline approaching!  02-08-2017

The Highland & Moray FLAG would welcome Expressions of Interest for the 4th round of funding.  The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 1st September 2017 for consideration at the FLAG meeting in October.  Funding can be used to support a range of projects that will deliver on local priorities including adding value to fisheries products, creating job opportunities and stimulating economic growth in fishing, aquaculture and marine based industries. For guidance and advice please contact the EMFF Development Officer Sarah Lamb on 01955 609560 or by email. Further information and expression of interest forms can be found on the Highland and Moray FLAG website.

Scottish Natural Heritage Position Statement on Marine Planning  25-07-2017

The statement sets out SNH's key messages and their view on what marine planning is, what it could be, what it can do for nature, and what that in turn can do for people and businesses. Read the statement here.

Jellyfish Survey Season  24-07-2017

There have been some magnificent images in the press of jellyfish washed up on our beaches. In Scotland, we have a number of regular jellyfish visitors, identifiable by their striking shapes and patterns. If you spot any jellyfish in our coastal waters or on the beach, you can report the sighting to the Marine Conservation Societys Jellyfish Survey. A great beach activity but remember to look, don't touch!! If you don't know your moon from your lions mane, you can download the Jellyfish ID Guide to help you figure out what kind of jellyfish you've found.

UK Government confirms legislation forthcoming to ban microbeads    21-07-2017

The UK government has proposed a ban on microbeads - good news for the environment and a positive sign of the UK's global leadership on ocean plastics. Eyes will be on the details of the ban in legislation coming forward in Autumn 2017. Read more....

Publication of summary responses to UK Gov microbeads consultation  21-07-2017

Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland have published the summary of responses to the consultation on proposals to ban the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK. The summary of responses are available here.

North Sea Cod Now Certified Sustainable 19-07-2017

A recovery from near total collapse has led North Sea cod stocks to be labelled as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council for the first time in 20 years.  Read more...

Funding rate increase announced by Moray LEADER  06-07-2017

Moray LEADER has announced an increase in the funding rate at for projects that strengthen the local economy and build capacity in Moray’s communities. The Moray Local Action Group (LAG), who run the programme, have decided to boost that rate from 50% to 70%.  Read more....

Beatrice Decommissioning Environmental Impact Assessment  30-05-2017

The Beatrice consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment scoping report has launched.  Read more...