Marine Scotland

Last updated

Marine Scotland Directorate
Scottish Government Logo.svg
Directorate overview
Formed1 April 2009 (2009-04-01)
Preceding agencies
Jurisdiction Scotland and Scottish waters
Headquarters Victoria Quay, Leith, Edinburgh
Employees700 (2016)
Annual budget £64.7 million (2019-2020) [1]
Ministers responsible
Directorate executives
  • Roy Brannen (interim) [2] , Director-General Net Zero [3]
  • Annabel Turpie, Director of Marine Scotland [3]
Parent department Net Zero Directorates
Website Marine Scotland

The Marine Scotland Directorate (Scottish Gaelic : Cùisean Mara na h-Alba) is a directorate of the Scottish Government. Marine Scotland manages Scotland's seas and freshwater fisheries along with delivery partners NatureScot and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. [4]


Marine Scotland provides management and research of devolved responsibilities such as:


The Marine Scotland directorate was established on 1 April 2009, [14] merging two executive agencies (Fisheries Research Services and the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency) and the Scottish Government marine and fishery policy divisions.

Staff, assets and budget

Marine Scotland has around 700 staff, covering a range of professions including scientists, sea fishery officers, sailors, policy, administrative and professional/ technical staff. [15]

Locations and Assets

Ensign of the Marine Scotland patrol fleet Ensign of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency.svg
Ensign of the Marine Scotland patrol fleet
MPV Jura FPVJura.jpg
MPV Jura
MPV Minna Minna (ship, 2003) in Greenock 2016-10-02 bow.jpg
MPV Minna

Staff are located across Scotland [16] including :

Marine Research Vessels

Marine Scotland operates two main research vessels which are fitted with a wide range of deployment and recovery facilities for fishing gear and equipment, scientific and environmental sensors, and data gathering systems: [19]

  • MRV Scotia (launched: 1998, length: 68.6 meters, service speed: 13 knots)
  • MRV Alba-Na-Mara (launched: 2008, length: 27 meters, cruise speed: 8 knots)

Additionally, MRV Temora (launched: 1992, length: 10 meters, max speed: 10 knots) is used for sampling as part of the Long Term Climate Change Monitoring Programme. [20]

Marine Protection Vessels

Marine Scotland operates three Marine Protection Vessels (MPVs): [21]

  • MPV Minna (launched: 2003, length: 42 meters, top speed: 14 knots, tonnage: 718 g.r.t.)
  • MPV Jura (launched: 2005, length: 84 meters, top speed: 18 knots, tonnage: 2,181 g.r.t.)
  • MPV Hirta (launched: 2008, length: 84 meters, top speed: 18 knots, tonnage: 2,181 g.r.t.)

Surveillance Aircraft

Marine Scotland owns two Reims Cessna F-406 Caravan II aircraft for aerial surveillance, operated by Airtask. [21] [22]

UK Fisheries Monitoring Centre

Marine Scotland operates the UK Fisheries Monitoring Centre (UKFMC), on behalf of the four UK fisheries administrations. The UKFMC acts as the UK single-point-of-contact for manual reporting of ERS, VMS and other EU/national fisheries schemes. [23]


Director's Office

Annabel Turpie is the Director of Marine Scotland. [3] The Director's Office provides corporate services such as business management, communications, information quality, data management, statistics, socio-economic and geographic analysis.

Compliance (MSC)

The Compliance division monitors and enforces marine and sea fishing laws in Scottish waters. It reports as appropriate to the Scottish prosecuting authorities and provides intelligence on fishing activity in the seas around Scotland. [24]

Science (MSS)

Marine Scotland's Science division undertakes research and provides scientific and technical advice to the Scottish Government (and the UK and European Union authorities) on a number of marine and fisheries issues including aquaculture and fish health, freshwater fisheries, sea fisheries and the marine ecosystem in Scotland's seas. [25]

Marine Planning & Policy (MPP)

Marine Scotland's Planning & Policy division covers three main policy areas and the Licensing Operations Team (LOT).

Marine Spatial Planning

Marine Scotland are involved in marine spatial planning at both at a national and regional level. [26] Scotland's Marine Atlas was published in 2011 [27] as a baseline assessment, with Scotland's first National Marine Plan published in 2015. [28] The information from the Atlas and National Marine Plan is available through Marine Scotland Maps and Marine Scotland Information portals. These portals form part of the Marine Scotland Open Data Network which contributes towards Marine Scotland's INSPIRE and open data obligations [29]

Offshore Marine Renewables

The Scottish Government is developing plans for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy in Scottish waters. Marine Scotland will explore how offshore wind, wave and tidal energy can contribute to meeting Scotland's target of generating the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand from renewable sources and also seek to maximise the contribution of these technologies to achieving a low-carbon economy. [30]

Marine Conservation

Marine Scotland follows a strategy for Marine Nature Conservation in Scotland's Seas [31] based on the three pillars of species conservation, site protection, and wider seas policies and measures. Work continues on a Marine Protected Area network with 30 nature conservation MPAs designated in 2014. [32]

Licensing Operations Team (LOT)

The Marine Scotland Licensing Operations team is a central point-of-contact for activities such as depositing or removing objects or substances from the seabed; construction or alteration works, dredging; depositing or using explosives. [33]

Aquaculture and Recreational Fisheries (ARF)

The ARF division handles policy areas covering Aquaculture, Salmon & Recreational Fisheries, Fishery Grants, Post-EU Referendum (Brexit) and the Crown Estate in Scotland.[ citation needed ]

Sea Fisheries

The Sea Fisheries division handles policy areas covering Access to Sea Fisheries, EU Quota Negotiations and Discards, Inshore Fisheries and Coastal Communities, and International Fisheries and Environmental Interactions.

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fishery</span> Raising or harvesting fish

Fishery can mean either the enterprise of raising or harvesting fish and other aquatic life; or more commonly, the site where such enterprise takes place. Commercial fisheries include wild fisheries and fish farms, both in freshwater waterbodies and the oceans. About 500 million people worldwide are economically dependent on fisheries. 171 million tonnes of fish were produced in 2016, but overfishing is an increasing problem — causing declines in some populations.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Common Fisheries Policy</span> EU fisheries policy

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is the fisheries policy of the European Union (EU). It sets quotas for which member states are allowed to catch each type of fish, as well as encouraging the fishing industry by various market interventions. In 2004 it had a budget of €931 million, approximately 0.75% of the EU budget.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is a department of the Government of Canada that is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs in support of Canada's economic, ecological and scientific interests in oceans and inland waters. Its mandate includes responsibility for the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's fisheries resources while continuing to provide safe, effective and environmentally sound marine services that are responsive to the needs of Canadians in a global economy.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Atlantic salmon</span> Species of fish

The Atlantic salmon is a species of ray-finned fish in the family Salmonidae. It is the third largest of the Salmonidae, behind Siberian taimen and Pacific Chinook salmon, growing up to a meter in length. Atlantic salmon are found in the northern Atlantic Ocean and in rivers that flow into it. Most populations are anadromous, hatching in streams and rivers but moving out to sea as they grow where they mature, after which the adults seasonally move upstream again to spawn.

<i>Oncorhynchus</i> Genus of fishes

Oncorhynchus is a genus of fish in the family Salmonidae; it contains the Pacific salmon and Pacific trout. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek ὄγκος + ῥύγχος, in reference to the hooked snout that the males develop during mating season.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency</span>

The Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) was an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government. On 1 April 2009, the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency and Fisheries Research Services were merged with the Scottish Government Marine Directorate to form Marine Scotland, part of the core Scottish Government.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources</span>

The Philippines' Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Agriculture responsible for the development, improvement, law enforcement, management and conservation of the Philippines' fisheries and aquatic resources.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fishing industry in Scotland</span> Aquaculture and marine catching in the UK countrt

The fishing industry in Scotland comprises a significant proportion of the United Kingdom fishing industry. A recent inquiry by the Royal Society of Edinburgh found fishing to be of much greater social, economic and cultural importance to Scotland than it is relative to the rest of the UK. Scotland has just 8.4 per cent of the UK population but lands at its ports over 60 per cent of the total catch in the UK.

Title 16 of the United States Code outlines the role of conservation in the United States Code.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vessel monitoring system</span>

Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) is a general term to describe systems that are used in commercial fishing to allow environmental and fisheries regulatory organizations to track and monitor the activities of fishing vessels. They are a key part of monitoring control and surveillance (MCS) programs at national and international levels. VMS may be used to monitor vessels in the territorial waters of a country or a subdivision of a country, or in the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) that extend 200 nautical miles (370.4 km) from the coasts of many countries. VMS systems are used to improve the management and sustainability of the marine environment, through ensuring proper fishing practices and the prevention of illegal fishing, and thus protect and enhance the livelihoods of fishermen.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fishing in Chile</span>

Fishing in Chile is a major industry with a total catch of 4,442,877 tons of fish in 2006. As of 2010, Chile has the seventh largest commercial catch in the world. With over 4,000 km of viable coastline, fishing has been a vital resource for small-scale business and family development for hundreds of years. Due to the Humboldt Current, the Chilean Sea is considered among the most productive marine ecosystems in the world as well as the largest upwelling system. Artisanal fishing is practised all over Chile's 6,435 km long coastline and combines industrial techniques with pre-Hispanic traditions. Recreational fishing tourism in southern Chile's rivers has recently gained worldwide fame attracting actors such as Harrison Ford, Michael Douglas, and Kevin Costner.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fishing industry in China</span>

China has one-fifth of the world's population and accounts for one-third of the world's reported fish production as well as two-thirds of the world's reported aquaculture production. It is also a major importer of seafood and the country's seafood market is estimated to grow to a market size worth US$53.5 Billion by 2027.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Seas west of Scotland</span>

It is a central tenet of the EU maritime policy that all seas have a particular nature, defined by their geography, their ecology, their economies and their people. Most seas are nested and do not, except for specific purposes such as hydrography or fisheries management, have sharp, recognised boundaries. One important sea for purposes of fisheries management is referred to as the "seas West of Scotland". In line with the EU maritime policy, the sea does not only encompass the waters but also the people and economy of the areas bordering that sea.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marine Management Organisation</span> UK non-departmental public body

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is an executive non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, with responsibility for English waters. The MMO exists to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the marine area, and to promote the UK government's vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas. The MMO aims to focus all of its activities and resources to meet its mission of enabling sustainable growth in the UK's marine area through 5 strategic outcomes:

The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) is an international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to the conservation of anadromous fish stocks in international waters of the North Pacific Ocean and its adjacent seas. It was established on 11 February 1992 by the Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean and originally consisted of four member nations: Canada, Japan, Russian Federation, and United States of America. On 27 May 2003, the Republic of Korea acceded to the Convention bringing the current number of Commission members to five. The primary objective of the Commission is to provide a mechanism for international cooperation promoting the conservation of anadromous stocks in the NPAFC Convention Area of the North Pacific Ocean.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to fisheries:

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fishing license</span> Mechanism for fishing management

A fishing license (US), fishing licence (UK), or fishing permit is an administrative or legal mechanism employed by local governments to regulate fishing. Licensing is one mechanism of fisheries management commonly used in Western countries, and may be required for either commercial or recreational fishing.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Marine policy of the Barack Obama administration</span>

The Marine Policy of the Barack Obama administration comprises several significant environmental policy decisions for the oceans made during his two terms in office from 2009 to 2017. By executive action, President Obama increased fourfold the amount of protected marine space in waters under United States control, setting an important precedent for global ocean conservation. Using the U.S. president's authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906, he expanded to 200 nautical miles the seaward limits of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument around the U.S. island possessions in the Central Pacific. In the Atlantic, President Obama created the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, the first marine monument in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Atlantic.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Directorate General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Surveillance</span>

The Directorate General of Marine and Fisheries Resources Surveillance is a government agency under the management of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia. Formally established on 23 November 2000 according to Presidential Decree No. 165/2000, the PSDKP is the agency responsible for supervising the marine and fishery resources of the Republic of Indonesia. The main mission of PSDKP is the prevention of Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused a substantial loss for Indonesia's fishing industry. In its mission to prevent illegal fishing, PSDKP has conducted joint-operations with the Indonesian Navy, Water Police, Sea and Coast Guard, the Maritime Security Agency and Customs. PSDKP is however is not associated with these agencies.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Aquaculture in the United Kingdom</span>

Aquaculture in the United Kingdom is dominated by salmon farming, then by mussel production with trout being the third most important enterprise. Aquaculture in the United Kingdom represents a significant business for the UK, producing over 200,000 tonnes of fish whilst earning over £700 million in 2012 (€793 million).


  1. "Scottish Government Budget 2019-20". The Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. "Director General Net Zero". Scottish Government . Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  3. 1 2 3 "Marine Scotland Directorate". Scottish Government . Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  4. "Marine Scotland". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  5. "Marine licensing: general guidance". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  6. "Sea Fisheries". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  7. "Salmon and recreational fisheries". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  8. "Marine renewable energy". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  9. "Marine environment". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  10. "Marine Planning". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  11. "Sea Fisheries - Science and Research". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  12. "Salmon and recreational fisheries - Science and Research". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  13. "Marine and fisheries compliance". Scottish Government . Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  14. Haworth, Jenny (10 February 2009). "New body to manage Scotland's waters". The Scotsman . Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  15. "Marine Scotland Review". Scottish Government. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  16. "Marine Scotland Offices and Locations". Scottish Government . Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  17. 1 2 3 "Marine Scotland contact information". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  18. "Fishery Offices". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  19. "Research vessels & technology". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  20. "MRV Temora" (PDF). The Scottish Government. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  21. 1 2 "Marine and fisheries compliance: fleet and aircraft". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  22. "Directflight commences trading under the Airtask Group Brand". Airtask. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  23. "5 Yearly Report on the application of the Control Regulation" (PDF). Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  24. "Marine and Fisheries - Compliance". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  25. "Science & Data". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  26. "Marine Scotland - Marine Planning". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  27. "Scotland's Marine Atlas". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  28. "Scotland's National Marine Plan". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  29. "National Marine Plan Interactive". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  30. "Offshore Marine Renewables". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  31. "Marine Scotland Marine Nature Conservation Strategy". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  32. "Marine Scotland - Marine Protected Areas". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  33. "Marine Scotland - Licensing Operations Team". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 3 October 2016.