The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters (PFOW) supports a diverse marine economy and a vast majority of the area is used for multiple activities. This means there is a potential for competition and conflict. The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters was chosen to pilot the development of a marine spatial plan to support sustainable management of the area’s seas. It aims to balance the needs of local communities and marine economic activities whilst protecting the environment on which they depend. The pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan is being developed by a working group that includes Marine Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Highland Council. This pilot Plan aims to put in place a planning policy framework in advance of statutory regional marine planning to support sustainable decision making on marine use and management. Through the process of producing the pilot Plan, there have been many lessons learned, which will be published shortly, to inform the preparation of future regional marine plans and the governance arrangements that could underpin Marine Planning Partnerships. It is also anticipated that the pilot Plan will establish a useful basis for the preparation of the two future regional marine plans for Orkney and the North Coast Scottish Marine Regions. This layer displays map 18 of the plan, which shows Recreational Activities including RYA Cruising Routes and Canoeing and Sea Kayaking in the PFOW.
The Shetland Islands' Marine Spatial Plan has collected data on various recreational activities. The data are available as a mix of points (climbing routes; popular dives - wreck), lines (yacht racing and cruising; trout sea angling) and polygons (beach access; kayaking; popular dive sites; rowing; sailing race; surfing; windsurfing). This layer displays the line data for recreational activities on Shetland.
The 'Landscape / Seascape Assessment of the Firth of Clyde Report' provides a strategic assessment of the coastal landscape and seascape of the Firth of Clyde. This layer divides the coastal landscape into those areas influenced by secluded; remote; isolated; designed and derelict characteristics. The data provides an understanding of what is special about the landscape of the Firth and the experience of this diverse seascape.
This dataset was produced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and is currently hosted on the Marine Scotland National Marine Plan Interactive mapping tool. Metadata provided from SNH can be found VIA the following link: https://spatialdata.gov.scot/geonetwork/srv/eng/catalog.search#/metadata/4A6F52B4-11DD-47E1-B90A-A8D51500E136
The order divides United Kingdom territorial waters and waters within areas designated as part of the United Kingdom continental shelf (under the Continental Shelf Act 1964) into English, Scottish and Northern Irish parts to which English, Scottish and Northern Irish civil law is applied respectively, and confers jurisdiction accordingly on the High Court in England and Wales, the Court of Session and the High Court in Northern Ireland.
This is modified version from the UKHO Law of the Sea department data, available via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/inspire-portal-and-medin-bathymetry-data-archive-centre