- July 10, 2019
The plastic ranger tackling the rising tide of waste
On Balnakeil beach on the north west coast of Sutherland, Hannah Smith is hard at work collecting plastic waste which has been washed up with the high tide. Some is household waste but most of it comes from shipping and fishing boats. Hannah works for Plastic@Bay, a community interest company tackling marine plastic pollution in the far north west of Scotland. Read more
- June 12, 2019
Greenpeace occupies Cromarty Firth oil rig
The Ross-shire Journal reports on the occupation of a BP oil rig in the Cromarty Firth. The protest is intended to draw continued attention to climate emergency – recently accepted by Scottish Government and the Highland Council. Read more
- June 11, 2019
Board members sought
A time of transformation is upon the Moray Firth, and the Partnership is at the forefront of planning and developing a sustainable future for the Firth and its communities. We play a unique role as a neutral, independent charity promoting and facilitating collaborative solutions to the marine and coastal challenges faced by the Moray Firth and those living and working here.
Over the last 12 months, under new management, the Moray Firth Partnership has undertaken a wide-ranging programme of modernisation, investing in systems and processes that will ensure we are ‘fit for purpose’ as we develop our ambitious work programme. Significant governance changes were also put in place following a thorough review including a skills audit across the organisation.
We now seek new board members to strengthen our capabilities and knowledge base and help steer us into the next chapter, with particular experience in any of the following: financial management, fundraising, governance and ethics, human resources, community development and stakeholder engagement.
Over the next three years our strategic work is likely to focus on regional marine planning including environmental and economic assessment, coastal and marine litter (Scotland-wide), stakeholder and community engagement and building strategic partnerships as well as ensuring a secure financial future for the organisation and the work we are undertaking.
You must be passionate or committed to our shared vision of a sustainable future for the Moray Firth and its communities and businesses, and have strong professionalism and values. The board of directors meet 6 times a year, with opportunity for specialised and committee work. Directors are there as individuals (as we are apolitical) and on a voluntary, non-remunerated basis.
We have several seats available, so you don’t need to have all of the above! If you would like to be considered for a seat on our board at this exciting time, please send your CV and/or covering statement to firstname.lastname@example.org at the earliest opportunity.
- April 12, 2019
Keeping our coastline clean! – Highland Park
Thanks to support from Highland Park, Orkney is set to become the first Scottish island to be photographed from the air in a project that will help local communities tackle the global problem of coastal litter.
Helen Houston said “As chairman of the Moray Firth Partnership, I am really chuffed that this new partnership with the world renowned Highland Park was confirmed in Orkney this week. The MFP SCRAPbook team is now looking forward to working with the Highland Park team to engage with the community to enable the clean up of the coast around the Orkney Islands after the Sky Watch pilots have finished photo mapping the coastline.”
- April 8, 2019
New office, new staff
Our new address is:
Fairways Business Park
INVERNESS IV2 6AA
Tel: 01463 251727
Welcome to new staff
We have 4 new members of staff join the Moray Firth Partnership and SCRAPbook project:
Sally Tapp, as our Engagement Officer focusing on social and national media and engaging groups and individuals across the country to use the litter map for targeted clean up efforts.
Susan Marshall and Jamie Joyce have taken up the Marine Litter Officer roles, based in Oban, to really try and target the worst of the marine litter along the Argyll coastline.
(All 3 posts come courtesy of the £100,000 investment by Marine Scotland).
Sarah Hartley is our new part-time Administrator, she will be keeping us organised and will be your first point of contact on the phone or by email.
- March 29, 2019
EU votes to ban single use plastic by 2021
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed recently in the EU Parliament’s environment committee.
Under the draft plans from the committee, single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from 2021.
MEPs have added to the list very lightweight plastic bags, products made of oxo-degradable plastics and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene. Read more
- March 18, 2019
Dolphin movement study
Understanding the seasonal and daily pattern of movement of dolphins in the Moray Firth is vital in ensuring that they are properly protected. This resarch found that, for example, dolphins tend to become nocturnal feeders in autumn – perhaps following the herring shoals. The fact that they become nocturnal feeders, means that their presence is likely to be unrecorded – leading to mitigation advice, such as dredging in autumn, that may not be appropriate.
Read more about this valuable research.
- February 28, 2019
Film competition : Why invest in Nature?
Scottish Natural Heritage are running a short film contest for people aged 16-30 about why businesses should invest in nature. Find out more about the competition and the prizes on offer here.
- February 11, 2019
Coastal spring clean
Details of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean, which will be looking to clean up along river tributaries as well as the coast, can be found here.
- February 5, 2019
Two Marine Litter Officers sought
Following additional investment, SCRAPbook is developing engagement and clean-up activities, focusing initially in north Argyll. We now need a team of two dynamic, engaging and collaborative individuals to join us and help develop the next exciting phase of the project.
Full time post for 12 months
Salary : £20,000 pa
Closing date: Thursday, 21st February 2019