MS Maps NMPi quarterly update - April 2018


  1. Marine Scotland MAPS NMPi (National Marine Plan interactive) is Marine Scotland’s on-line planning portal making spatial data available to marine stakeholders in an easily accessible form to assist with the implementation of marine planning.
  2. Marine Scotland works with Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland to manage the content of Maps NMPi.
  3. MS Maps NMPi is part of the Scotland’s Environment family and carries the ‘part of Scotland’s environment’ logo.

A. Recently added layers since 1st January 2018 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

These 4 layers replace the previous ‘Aquaculture - Finfish, Shellfish and Fishery Sites (date)’. All the same data are included but as separate layers following user feedback.

  • 42 Clyde Regional Assessment 2017 layers

B. Recently updated layers since 1st January 2018 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

C. Layers in preparation

The following layers are in preparation:

  1. Shetland regional assessment layers
  2. National Coastal Change Assessment report
  3. Additional SNH PMF WMS layers
  4. Grey scale base map
  5. ACOPS oil spill data
  6. SNH MarClim project
  7. Maritime museums & Historic ships
  8. Aquaria & marine wildlife centres
  9. Coastal power stations

D. Identified gaps and areas where data are sparse

Activity / data area


Mapping of inshore fishery activity

Number of studies underway

Local fishery restrictions

Will be considered as regional data layers developed

Coastal Character layers

Data will be added as /when available

Species / habitats of regional / local importance (if not PMFs)

Data will be added as /when available

New / updates to PMF records as they are found

Data will be added as /when available. Layers are now WMS feed from SNH.

Mobile species protected by other international legislation (e.g. EPS and basking sharks).

Data will be added as /when available


Local areas that are important to mobile species

Data will be added as /when available

Invasive species mapping

Data will be added as /when available


E. Recent NMPI technical changes / enhancements

There have been some changes to the functionality made recently.

  • Layer context menu is now available under an ellipsis button as well as right-click on the layer name

  • Layer names in the layer control are now truncated when the window is too small to accommodate them, full name appears in tooltip when hovering.

  • Users can add a 3rd Party WMS layer from a new ‘Add 3rd party WMS Layer’ button within the Layer Control dialogue. On clicking on the button a new ‘Add 3rd party WMS Layer’ dialogue box opens.  The associated Marine Scotland Information page will be populated with suggested marine related WMS urls. Users can access this page by clicking on the ‘?’ ‘Click for suggested services’.  Follow the instructions in the dialogue box. If the WMS supports querying in a format that NMPI can handle, features can be queried on the map like other layers.

  • Once the 3rd party WMS is linked, users can select from the drop down menus and then click ‘Add Layer’. See example in screen shot


Marine Planning and Policy

April 2018