MS Maps NMPi quarterly update - July 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 April 2018 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

68 layers in ‘Possible marine bird Special Protection Areas (pSPA) Consultations (July & October 2016)’ have been moved to the ‘Healthy and Biologically Diverse > Seabirds’ section

C. Layers in preparation

The following layers are in preparation:

  1. Shetland regional assessment layers
  2. National Coastal Change Assessment report
  3. ACOPS oil spill data
  4. SNH MarClim project
  5. Maritime museums & Historic ships
  6. Aquaria & marine wildlife centres
  7. Coastal power stations
  8. Marine litter
  9. Nutrients
  10. Scottish Shelf Model outputs

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

A greyscale Base Layer has been added to MS Maps NMPi. Raster Charts (XL) (Ocean Wise) and Bathymetry (Ocean Wise Marine Themes DEM) are available in the ‘Aerial photography, hydrographic charts, and bathymetry (background layers)’ section.

Marine Planning and Policy

July 2018