Marine Scotland

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Marine Scotland
Flag of Scotland.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1 April 2009
Jurisdiction Scotland
Agency executive Linda Rosborough, Director
Website Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland is part of the core Scottish Government and was set up to manage Scotland's waters.[1] It was established on 1 April 2009 and is the lead marine management organisation in Scotland.

Role, staffing and budget[edit]

The body brings together the functions of the Fisheries Research Services, the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency and the Scottish Government's Marine Directorate and has responsibility for marine science, planning, policy development, management and for monitoring compliance. Its role is to encourage all concerned with the marine environment to work together towards agreed priorities and outcomes: and to ensure complementary approaches so that the impact of marine management activity across Scotland exceeds the sum of its constituent parts.

While many of its activities are focused on marine issues, it also continues to play an important role in the research and management of freshwater fisheries.

Marine Scotland has around 700 staff, most located in Edinburgh and the Fisheries Research Services Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, with others based at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry, in the network of offices around Scotland or operating on board its marine vessels. It possesses a range of skills and professions including scientists, sea fishery officers, policy, administrative and professional/ technical staff. Marine Scotland's gross budget for the 2010/11 fiscal year was approximately £79m, including around £11m for industry support measures. A further £6m has been made available to complete a new Fish Veterinary Aquaria (FVA) in Aberdeen. It also has substantial support assets - including 3 ocean-going protection vessels, 2 research vessels, 2 surveillance aircraft and a satellite monitoring system capable of tracking the movement of individual vessels.

Marine Scotland Compliance[edit]

MPV Jura
MPV Minna

Marine Scotland Compliance (formerly the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency) exists so as to monitor and enforce marine and 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.[2] As of 2013, Marine Scotland has a fleet of three Marine Protection Vessels:[3]

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

Marine Scotland also has a fleet of two aircraft for monitoring:[4]

Marine Scotland Science[edit]

Marine Scotland Science (MSS) 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.[5] MSS operates two 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:[6]

MSS also have an additional vessel, the MV Temora, which is used for sampling as part of the Long Term Climate Change Monitoring Programme.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New body to manage Scotland's waters, The Scotsman, 10 February 2009
  2. ^ "Marine and Fisheries - Compliance". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Marine and Fisheries - Compliance Fleet - Vessels". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Marine and Fisheries - Compliance Fleet - Aircraft". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Science & Data". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Research vessels & technology". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Research vessels & technology". The Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 

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