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


  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 July 2017 – use the link to open NMPi with the layer turned on.


The section has been renamed ‘Assessment’ and two sub-sections added to cover the ‘Overall Assessment (Atlas 2011)’ and a new sub-section for the ‘OSPAR Intermediate Assessment 2017’ that was published in July.

Physical Characteristics

New section added called Bathymetry

Other layers moved to this section from previous Administrative section

Healthy and Biologically Diverse

New Broad Habitat section created. Some layers e.g. Saltmarsh Survey, Sand Dune vegetation; and Coastal and Vegetated Shingle (all SNH WMS moved into it). New layers are:



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

Clean and Safe

Healthy and Biologically Diverse


C. Layers in preparation

The following layers are in preparation:

  1. Shetland and Clyde regional assessment layers
  2. Blue carbon in MPAs
  3. National Coastal Change Assessment report

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

None this quarter.


Marine Planning and Policy - October 2017