National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) quarterly update - January 2017


  1. National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) 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 NMPi.

A. Recently added layers since 1st October 2016 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

Clean and Safe

Hazardous Substances (time aware layers)

Healthy and Biologically Diverse


Sand Dunes and Salt Marshes (new section)

Current MPA Network Sites

Marine and nature conservation management in Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Network

Possible marine bird Special Protection Areas (pSPA) Consultations (July & October 2016)


Subtidal Rock (Priority Marine Features)

Intertidal Rock (Priority Marine Features)



Renewable Energy

Seaweed (new section)


B. Recently updated layers since 1st October 2016 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

Clean and Safe

Oil Spill Contingency, Casualties and Search & Rescue

Healthy and Biologically Diverse




Leisure and Recreation

Renewable Energy


Telecommunications Cables


Limits and Boundaries

Marine Scotland Seabed data (old MSi layers)


C. Layers in preparation

The following layers are in preparation:

  1. Shetland and Clyde regional layers
  2. Broad habitats
  3. Climate change (various layers)

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

Local sailing clubs in Shetland not part of the RYA data set as not RYA members

New. Shetland marinas and sailing cubs included in new (September 2016) RYA data set.

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

Sea level rise and storm surge data

Climate change data layers being prepared


E. Recent NMPI technical changes / enhancements

None since last update. Users are reminded that Marine Scotland Information, launched June 2016, now provides integration between the web pages associated with each NMPi spatial layer; Marine Scotland’s Data Publishing Portal and the web pages previously referred to as Marine Scotland interactive.


Marine Planning and Policy

January 2017