Marine environment and conservation
Highly Protected Marine Areas - some questions and answers
From the Scottish Parliament's SPICe information centre
In recent weeks, there has been increasing debate surrounding the Scottish Government’s proposals to introduce Highly Protected Marine Areas, covering at least 10% of Scotland’s seas. This blog sets out some questions and answers about the Scottish Government’s plans for HPMAs and reaction to the proposals.
What are Highly Protected Marine Areas and how are they different from existing Marine Protected Areas?
Cromarty Firth case study for marine research project - next event
We have made video recordings of the introductory workshop sessions on the 15th and 16th of May. If you would like the link to the recordings which outline the project overview, activities and Q&A please email Tavis (email@example.com) and I will send this to you.
As we mentioned, the first in person workshop is planned for Thursday 22 June at the National Hotel in Dingwall.
Places at the workshop are limited and therefore could you please let Vicki and Tavis know whether you are willing and able to attend no later than 12:00 on Friday 26 May and please indicate which organisation(s) you are representing.
Although places will be secured on a first come first served basis, we must also ensure that the full range of sectors and community interests are represented and therefore we may need to manage the allocation of places accordingly. We will also engage with stakeholders between and after workshop events. If you are unable to attend you are welcome to forward this invite to colleagues within your organisation.
If you would like to know more about the project or have any questions regarding any of the workshops then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
Professor Tavis Potts, University of Aberdeen, firstname.lastname@example.org Vicki Paxton,Moray Firth Partnership Vicki@morayfirth-partnership.org
Cromarty Firth case study for marine research project
The Cromarty Firth and the Solent have been selected as sites for case studies in a research project which aims 'to understand the different values we hold towards our local marine environment, the diverse benefits it provides, and how nature-based solutions can potentially support community development.' The findings will be used to inform the wider management of marine biodiversity across the UK.
The project, ‘Sea the Value: Marine Biodiversity Benefits for a Sustainable Society', funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and running from 2022 to 2025, is led by Prof. Nicola Beaumont from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and includes as partners the University of Aberdeen and the Moray Firth Coastal Partnership.
The University of Aberdeen and the Moray Firth Coastal Partnership will focus on the connection between coastal ecosystems and communities in the Cromarty Firth. We plan to hold a series of workshops over the next 12 months to map and understand the natural and human features, identify the benefits they provide and how they may change over time. All the project outputs, including maps, data and reports will be provided to you for future use.
We are planning to host two informal online introductory events:
Session 1: Monday 15 May 2023 at 13:00-14:00
Session 2: Tuesday 16 May 2023 at 19:00-20:00.
You are welcome to attend one or both of these events. Please RSVP to Vicki and Tavis (via the email addresses below) stating which session(s) you would be interested in attending. You will be sent a Zoom meeting link closer to the date of the event.
Professor Tavis Potts, University of Aberdeen, email@example.com Vicki Paxton, Moray Firth Partnership Vicki@morayfirth-partnership.org
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- Saturday 3 June
- 10:00 Black Isle Place Plan second stage consultation
- Saturday 10 June
- NA Great Big Green Week 10 -18 June
- 10:30 Cromarty Community Market
- Saturday 17 June
- 09:30 'Ecologist' online event - Small is the Future
- 10:00 Culbokie Community Market
- Thursday 22 June
- NA Cromarty Firth marine research project workshop
- Saturday 24 June
- NA Port of Nigg Open Day
- NA Black Isle Repair Cafe / Zero Waste Day
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