• February 13, 2018

    Scotland aims to be the first country in Europe to ban plastic straws

    Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham has said Scottish Government is intending to ban plastic straws during 2019. This follows on from the government’s declaration that plastic-stemmed cotton buds will be banned in Scotland by the end of 2018.

    An expert panel is to be appointed to advise the government on methods to reduce single-use plastics, including the introduction of charges. This has worked very succesfully with the 5p charge on plastic bags, resulting in a drop in use by 85%.

  • February 12, 2018
  • February 8, 2018

    National summit on Marine Litter announced

    Scottish Government Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham has announced that there will be an national summit to:

    “Bring together manufacturers and retailers, marine and environmental stakeholders and, crucially, people who live in our coastal communities, who are most affected by marine litter. It will aim to identify and develop actions that we can all take to tackle the issue.”

    The summit will take place in Oban on 18 June.

    Read more

  • February 2, 2018

    Extra funding for potential marine protected areas

    The Scottish Government has committed extra funding to the development of 4 new Marine Protected Areas. These are Sea of the Hebrides MPA, Shiant East Bank MPA, North-East Lewis MPA and Southern Trench MPA. If designated the MPAs would be the world’s first sites designated for the protection of basking sharks, Risso’s dolphins and minke whales. See more on the Scottish Environment Link website.

  • January 22, 2018

    Coastal Futures discussed in London

    The annual Coastal Futures conference has just been held in London. Sponsored by industry and conservation organisations the conference discussed the future for the world’s seas, with talks that included climate change, Brexit, marine litter, and the benefits and potential of Oyster and Mussel shellfisheries. You can find pdfs of the presentations from this, and previous conferences here.

  • January 18, 2018

    Wind and Oil plans for Cromarty Firth

    The Port of Cromarty Firth is now fully licensed to decommission oil rigs, and Global Energy hopes to expand its facilities at Nigg to allow it build and paint components for offshore wind turbines and tidal energy machines. Read more here

  • January 16, 2018

    The EU announces plans to reduce single-use plastics by 2030.

    The EU announces plans to reduce single-use plastics by 2030.

  • January 11, 2018

    Goodbye plastic cotton buds!!

    Plans to introduce legislation to ban the manufacture and sale of plastic stemmed cotton buds have been announced by Scotland’s Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

  • January 8, 2018

    Local MSP calls for ban on plastic straws

    Kate Forbes MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch today launches her Final Straw campaign  calling for a ban on plastic straws.  Ms Forbes said: “I represent a constituency which stretches from the east to the west coasts and I can see the impact of plastics on our seas. Any ban has got to be UK-wide because the sea does not respect country borders and plastic straws washed out to sea in Wales could easily end up on the Highland coastline.”

  • December 21, 2017

    Tackling ghost gear

    Scotland signs up to global ‘ghost gear’ pledge!