What We Do
As the local coastal partnership for the Moray Firth and its 800kms of coastline, we are involved with a wide variety of issues, projects, and stakeholders. Our unique overview of the Moray Firth, its communities and businesses, allows us the privilege to work with a great range of people and ideas.
Our current work includes:
Marine and coastal litter – as one of the main threats to all the world’s oceans, litter and pollution is as prevalent an issue in and around the Moray Firth as anywhere. We are working with several local and national groups to understand and tackle the problem strategically and collaboratively. Please visit our marine litter pages to learn more and, hopefully, get involved!
Regional Marine Planning – In 2015, the National Marine Plan in Scotland was published by the Scottish Government. The Plan sets out an overarching strategy for the sustainable use of Scotland’s inshore and offshore waters. The inshore waters (ie out to 12 nautical miles) has been legislated into 11 Scottish marine regions (SMR) including the Moray Firth SMR. We are working with Marine Scotland, statutory authorities, key stakeholders, and the appropriate industrial sector representatives to develop marine planning specific for our region – one of the busiest in Scotland.
A Fresh Approach – we are facilitating the development of a stakeholder-led proposal to introduce a trial licensing scheme for marine-based wildlife watching boats within the inner Moray Firth. The Core Group comprises Port of Inverness, Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society, Scottish Natural Heritage and all current tour boat operators.
SAC Management Group – the Partnership provides secretariat support to the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation Management Group, which comprises all statutory bodies with responsibilities within the MF SAC. For more information including the Management Scheme, Action Plan, and meeting papers please click here.
MFP modernisation – under new management and a revitalised MFP board, we are undertaking a wide-ranging programme of modernisation and investing in systems and processes that will ensure we are ‘fit for purpose’ as we develop our ambitious 10-year forward plan.