MS Maps NMPi update - March 2020

  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.
  4. MS Maps NMPi, together with Marine Scotland Information and Marine Scotland Data is part of the Marine Scotland Open Data Network. For use statistics of these platforms see graphs below.

MSODN Pageviews
MSODN Pageviews


MSODN Sessions
MSODN Sessions

It is understood that the increase in users in February 2020 relates to a forum based maths challenge about Scottish fishing.

* please note that due to technical reasons, statistics for MS Maps NMPi were not collected fully during April, May, June & July 2018.

Pages: The total number of individual web site pages that has been requested by all users during all sessions. Pages are independent of the aggregation level.

Users = The number of unique individuals (or devices) that have accessed the site in the given period (e.g. if data are summarised monthly, then it is the unique number of people in the given month. The same user may have visited the site in a separate month and will be counted again for this month. But if data were aggregated on an annual basis, this user would only count as one)

Sessions = The number of times the site was visited. Each session consists of the entire period spend browsing the site pages until a user leaves the site or close the web browser. Sessions are independent of the aggregation level.

A. New layers added since 1st July 2019 – use the link to open MS Maps NMPi with the layer turned on.

B. Layers updated since 1st July 2019 – use the link to open MS Maps NMPi with the layer turned on.

C. Layers in preparation

The following layers are in preparation:

  1. Nutrients
  2. Scottish Shelf Model outputs
  3. Scottish scallop dredge survey
  4. Sewage/abstraction/discharges
  5. UK Marine Online Assessment Tool 2019
  6. ACOPS oil spill data

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 new mobile of MS Maps NMPI was launched in September 2019. It is available at If you access MS Maps NMPi from a mobile device it should launch automatically although this may depend on your mobile platform settings.

Marine Planning and Policy

March 2020