• August 9, 2018

    National Whale & Dolphin Watch records wide variety of species

    The Sea Watch Foundation reports that their national whale and dolphin watch has been a great success, with 527 sightings recorded by thousands of volunteer helpers. Fin whale, pilot whale, orcas  and white-sided dolphins were amongst those seen of Scotland. Read more.

  • August 6, 2018

    Young salmon populations to be mapped in national electrofishing survey

    Between July and September biologists and volunteers will carry out electrofishing as a method of capturing and counting fish at more than 800 randomly selected sites across 27 regions. More

  • August 6, 2018

    Current Consultations

    Marine -related consultations:

    1) Consultation on measures for the conservation of pike: seeking views on new potential pike conservation measures. Closing date: 31st August

    2) Improving protection given to Priority Marine Features outside the Marine Protected Area network: seeking views on the scope of the project to improve protection given to Priority Marine Features outside the Marine Protected Area network. Closing date: 31st August

    3) A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: seeking views to design a deposit return system that will work well for everyone in Scotland. Closing date: 25th September

    These are all available on the Scottish Government website.

    Wider environment consultation:

    4) Developing an Environment Strategy for Scotland: Discussion Paper: Closing date: 31st August. Find out more.

  • July 13, 2018

    Complex seafood trade and coastal communities

    This interesting piece of research undertaken by University of Maine highlights the complexities of international seafood trade, and how the challenge of understanding how small fluctuations in demand may have big impacts on coastal communities. Read more

  • July 3, 2018

    Funding to reduce single-use plastics

    Communities will be able to bid for a share of up to £500,000 to reduce single-use plastics, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced. Find more

  • June 29, 2018

    Consultation on deposit return scheme

    Scottish Government has launched a consultation to help create the best system for a deposit return scheme. They’d like to ensure that the scheme will ‘will work well for everyone in Scotland, providing increased recycling rates and quality of recycling, reductions in littering and business opportunities’. Find out more and submit your thoughts.

    The consultation is open until 25th September.

  • May 28, 2018

    New proposals to lease seabed for offshore wind development

    Crown Estate Scotland has unveiled proposals to lease seabed to encourage a new generation of offshore wind projects in Scotland’s waters. The paper outlines a provisional design for a complete leasing package for projects put forward in areas identified in Marine Scotland’s forthcoming Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind. The money that Crown Estate Scotland makes from offshore renewables is passed to Scottish Government for public spending. Read more.

  • May 11, 2018

    Expert panel to help change throwaway culture

    Experts from retail, the waste and chemical industries, the public sector and academia have joined a Scottish Government panel tackling plastic pollution. Read more

  • May 1, 2018

    Cotton buds consultation

    Scottish Government has launched a consultation to gather views on the proposed legislation to add secondary legislation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to introduce a ban on the manufacture and sale of plastic-stemmed cotton buds in Scotland. The consultation is open until 22nd June 2018, and can be viewed here.

  • May 1, 2018

    SNH and the Sea

    The sea is the focus of SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blogs this month. Read the first one here

    Our work at sea