- December 4, 2018
Highland councillors support Moray West windfarm plan
Highland councillors have offered their support to plans for an 85-turbine offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth. Read more
- December 3, 2018
Take part in a review of marine social science
Defra is undertaking a UK review of a review of current marine social science research activity and capacity, to look at the current research and potential future research that aid our understanding of the complex relationships between society and the sea and use research to contribute meaningfully to the development of effective marine and coastal policy and planning.
Key themes expected to include ocean literacy, blue growth, the values associated with the UK’s marine and coastal environment, and fisheries to name just a handful. This work will also highlight evidence gaps and assist in identifying future priorities for Defra, the wider UK government, the devolved administrations and the social science research community more broadly.
The questionnaire takes about 20 minutes to complete and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MarSocSci_UK_Capacity
- Nov 28, 2018
International marine conference open to bookings
An International Marine Conference 2019, to be held in Glasgow next February will focus on current national and international actions to protect the marine environment. Through presentations and discussion the conference will identify emerging threats to marine habitats and consider what new measures are required to protect the marine environment for future generations. The first day of the conference will focus on the wider marine environment, and day two will be looking at marine litter, including what can be done to reduce it.
The Free conference will be held on 20 to 21 February 2019 at the University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow.
For more information or to book your place click here
- Nov 21, 2018
Deterrents to reduce seal take from fishing nets
The Marine Management Organisation has undertaken research to look at reducing seal fish predation from nets using non-lethal methods. Static net fisheries in particular can be vulnerable, and seal take can lead to significant economic costs from loss of commercial catch, increased gear handling or gear damage. Seal-gear interactions can also lead to seal mortality through either legal shooting or as a result of accidental bycatch. This paper investigates a variety of methods of reducing seal interaction with nets. Read more
- Nov 12, 2018
Marine litter posters from Kiltearn Primary School
You can see the posters here, or if you’d like to visit them in person, they are on display in Invergordon Library until late November.
If these posters inspire you to keep our coast clean, you might want to get involved in the Cromarty Firth Litter Action Plan. Take a look to see the places nearest to you, and most in need of your help. We’ve also got lots of useful links on our marine litter page.
- Nov 7, 2018
SCRAPbook Engagement Officer, Moray Firth Partnership
Based at Inverness, Scotland
Salary: £24,000 pa
Term: 12 month contract (although funding being sought for further 4 years)
Thanks to the Blue Planet II effect, a small visionary project started in the Moray Firth has grown into a Scotland-wide initiative to comprehensively capture and map, through aerial photography, litter along the Scottish mainland’s entire coastline.
This innovative third sector collaboration between the Moray Firth Partnership, Marine Conservation Society and Sky Watch (UKCAP) involves an experienced fleet of volunteer pilots identifying and recording coastline affected by litter and pollution. That evidence is mapped through an interactive web-based hub that helps direct targeted clean-up activities.
The SCRAPbook map launched in August to huge acclaim and positive reaction, followed by additional investment from the Scottish Government to develop engagement and clean-up activities focusing on the worst polluted areas. We now need a dynamic, creative and engaging individual with a collaborative approach and excellent communications experience to join the team and help develop the next exciting phase of SCRAPbook.
The post will be based in Inverness, with team members in Perth and Argyll and supported by a small project board representing all three partner charities. The Moray Firth Partnership will be the direct employer of this post. The post is part funded by the Scottish Government through Marine Scotland.
Develop and deliver a communications strategy that showcases the project and drives meaningful interest and engagement with SCRAPbook
Manage media and social media content for maximum local and national reach.
Engage local, regional and national clubs, associations, businesses, and appropriate groups to unlock volunteer support for clean-up activities using the map to target efforts.
Work with key stakeholders to unlock wider engagement opportunities liaising closely with the Technical Coordinator and project board.
Work with the marine litter officers to design targeted clean up engagement plans for non-Local Coastal Partnership areas i.e. Argyll and North/West Highlands.
Work with the Technical Coordinator to support development of website and promotional materials especially image and video based
attend SCRAPbook-related meetings including with Scotland’s local coastal partnerships.
Contribute to project delivery and reporting as required
Contribute to funding and campaign activities as required
Based in Inverness, with regular travel across Scotland with occasional overnight stays. Evening and weekend work may be required. Own car an advantage.
The person: (skills, knowledge and experience)
At least 3 years in a communications role, utilising multiple channels
excellent writing skills particularly for traditional and social media with demonstrable success in delivering successful press/social media campaigns.
Excellent stakeholder and community engagement skills, particularly encouraging participation and contribution (volunteer or corporate)
proven ability to energise and encourage participation from diverse groups.
High proficiency in Office 365 packages, preferably cloud-based.
Must be a team player with great people skills and a friendly manner
able to manage/prioritise own workload effectively and work well within a disparate and multi-disciplinary team.
UK Driver’s Licence
Experience/understanding of local authorities or waste management sector.
Experience of working with national organisations e.g. businesses and public sector
Knowledge of coastal and marine litter and pollution
Knowledge of wider coastal and marine litter policy landscape and challenges
Understanding of maritime industries and leisure craft.
Please send a CV and covering letter (max. 2 pages A4 each) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018 telling us why you are best suited for this post.
Interviews will be held on the following week in Inverness.
- Oct 17, 2018
Consultation on proposed new Special Protection Areas
Marine Scotland is undertaking a consultation to collect views on whether they have fully considered the impacts of the 15 proposed Special Protection Areas – one of which is in the Moray Firth – will have on both the birds they are designed to protect and the wider marine environment. The consultation is open until 9th November and can be viewed at https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/sea-for-15-proposed-special-protection-areas
- Oct 4, 2018
More government support to tackle marine plastic pollution
More support for innovative projects aimed at tackling marine plastic pollution has been announced by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.
A total of £1 million – double the initial commitment of £500,000 set out in the Programme for Government – is now available to support solutions in marine plastics capture, collection and recovery.
This includes funding from Marine Scotland to trial demonstration technologies in Scotland, aimed at addressing the issue of litter sinks and the removal of plastics from our seas. Read More.
- Sep 17, 2018
Amazing news for SCRAPbook and the Moray Firth Partnership
Following the fantastic reaction to the launch of the coastal litter map (SCRAPbook), the Scottish Government is investing £100,000 in the project.
The Moray Firth Partnership, with our project partners Sky Watch and MCS, are delighted. We are really proud that the project that started here in the Moray Firth will now map marine litter all around Scotland.
Announcing the funding, Minister for the Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon said:
“Supporting projects like SCRAPbook, which is instrumental in helping to reduce coastal waste, directly aligns with the government’s commitment to tackling the threat marine litter poses to Scotland’s environment and coastlines.
“I’m confident the project’s pioneering work will act as a springboard for other organisations to take action in the ongoing fight against one of this generation’s most critical issues.”
We would encourage everyone to have a look at the map on SCRAPbook and see where your friends, colleagues or school can help to clean up our fantastic coast.
- Sep 7, 2018
SCRAPbook launched Scotland-wide
The Moray Firth Partnership is celebrating the official launch of SCRAPbook – Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography – which involves pilots and observers taking to the skies to photograph areas of the coastline where they spot litter or pollution. This concept,
first devised by the Moray Firth Partnership, has developed into a national collaboration with Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol and the Marine Conservation Society.
Sky Watch pilots have flown over sections of Scotland’s mainland coast for the last few months taking photographs when they see litter on the coastline. These have been classified by volunteers on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the worst) and uploaded to the online map.
The map can be used by anyone from local communities and businesses to a kayak club that can help get to those hard to reach areas. Schools, groups, water sports clubs and councils are all being urged to use the website to find out where the worst affected areas are and where efforts need to be focused.
The launch of SCRAPbook attracted UK media attention reaching more than 23 million people as a result of coverage on BBC radio and TV and all UK and Scottish newspapers. The BBC Scotland coverage includes the launch video, which you can see here.
Vicky Junik, manager of the the Moray Firth Partnership said: “We hope that SCRAPbook will become an invaluable tool to everyone tackling the rising tide of marine litter. The easier it is to find out where the litter is, the easier it is to mobilise clean up efforts, and we’ve tried to focus on the less popular or harder to reach parts of the coastline, so we can build a really comprehensive picture of the reality and scale of the challenge; a challenge everyone can help tackle.”
See the map at www.scrapbook.org.uk