• April 16, 2018

    SCRAPbook project gets underway

    We are extremely proud to launch the SCRAPbook project, with our partners Sky Watch and the Marine Conservation Society – SCRAPbook stands for Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography.

    Take a look at the launch of the SCRAPbook by Scottish Government Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham.

    This project, which was initially designed and developed for the Moray Firth,  has developed into an exciting partnership between three very different charities. The aerial photography will be undertaken by an experienced fleet of volunteer pilots and photographers who will be identifying and recording coastline affected by litter and pollution. That evidence will be mapped through an interactive web-based hub that will help direct targeted clean-up activities and litter surveys.

    We are currently running regional trials involving all local coastal partnerships around Scotland to develop our mapping capabilities and direct on ground response teams.

    The Moray coast and the Cromarty Firth have already been flown and photographed, so please do get in touch if you would like to be involved in using these images to help clean up our patch!


    For more information on SCRAPbook, please visit the website.

    If you and your friends, family, school, colleagues, community would like to organise or join a local beach clean up,  visit MCS Beachwatch webpages to find out more and get useful information and support. You can also let us know at and we’ll promote your activities through our Facebook page and local networks.

    Photograph: Sky Watch team member, Paul.

  • March 26, 2018

    New Chief Executive for Crown Estate Scotland

    Simon Hodge is leaving his position as Chief Executive for Forest Enterprise to become the new Chief Executive of Crown Estate Scotland. Read more.


  • March 26, 2018

    Sea Scotland Conference 2018

    The  Sea Scotland 2018 conference ‘Empowerment in marine stewardship – Emerging opportunities for citizens and communities in Scotland’ will be held in St Andrews on June 20-21. The conference will be looking at subjects such as the devolution of the Crown Estate and the opportunities offered by the Community Empowerment Act.

    See the draft programme and register here.

  • March 20, 2018

    EU fishing deal ‘far from acceptable’ to Scottish industry

    The BBC reports on the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation view that the UK government Brexit stance on fishing is “far short of an acceptable deal” and Moray MP Douglas Ross  said that it had delivered “far less than I hoped and expected”. In the meantime, the UK government has denied betraying its promise to “take back control” of the UK’s fishing waters after Brexit. Read more.

  • March 19, 2018

    Crown Estate seeks views on community management

    Crown Estate Scotland is seeking views on a proposed new scheme to enable communities and councils to to apply to manage assets that help them to deliver projects that boost local economies or the environment.  Find out about the proposed scheme here. Responses and feedback should be sent to by 16 April. The final scheme is expected to be launched June 2018.

  • February 28, 2018

    Scotland top for whale and dolphin sightings

    Scotland recorded the highest number of whales and dolphins in last year’s National Whale and Dolphin Watch. The survey is held annually between July and August by the marine conservation charity, the Sea Watch Foundation. The Scottish figure of 608 sightings of marine mammals represented 43% of all the records made in 2017’s watch. Read more

  • February 21, 2018

    Sewage and animal waste having serious impact on UK coastline

    Seagrass meadows are flowering plants that have adapted to live a life in the sea and were recently featured in the BBC’s Blue Planet II episode ‘Green Seas’. They have been called the “canaries of the sea”, due to their sensitivity to a changing environment. Like the canary in the coal mine, their condition can be used as an indicator of the condition of our coastal areas. More

  • 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