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

A. Recently added layers since 1st October 2017 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

Healthy and Biologically Diverse

The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study


Climate Change

Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN)

Blue carbon resources in Scotland's inshore Marine Protected Area Network

B. Recently updated layers since 1st October 2017 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.

Clean and Safe

Hazardous Substances (all time aware layers) – 2016 data added

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) (PBDEs)

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)


Healthy and Biologically Diverse


2016 data added to these layers

C. Layers in preparation

The following layers are in preparation:

  1. Shetland and Clyde 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

MS Maps NMPi is now part of the Scotland’s Environment family and carries the ‘part of Scotland’s environment’ logo.


Marine Planning and Policy

January 2018