Chapter 3: Clean and Safe

Standing approvals for use of chemical dispersants in response to oil spills

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Areas where standing approvals permit the application of a limited quantity of chemical dispersants, without the permission of Marine Scotland, to respond to an oil spill. Two areas exist at the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal (Shetland) and Hound Point (Firth of Forth). Data is intended for illustrative purposes and should be used at a maximum scale of 1:10,000.

Bathing Waters (current) (SEPA WMS)

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This layer shows the extents of bathing waters defined by The Scottish Government and SEPA as required by The Revised Bathing Waters Directive (2006/7/EC. This sets standards for faecal indicator organisms in waters at designated bathing beaches. Bathing beaches are designated on the basis of their recreational use and hence risk to the public of exposure to faecal indicator organisms.

OSPAR - Riverine Input Monitoring Points

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The OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment for the North East Atlantic plays a major part in safeguarding and conserving the habitats and species of the marine environment.

The Scottish coastline was divided into 7 regions (the River and Island Purification Boards) at the time that the Scottish monitoring network was developed to report the amalgamated nutrient loads and inputs for the OSPAR-RID (Riverine Inputs and Direct Discharges) programme. This layer displays the location of riverine inputs monitoring points. For more information see - Riverine Inputs and Direct Discharges (RID) (

The Comprehensive Study on Riverine Inputs and Direct Discharges (RID) aims to assess the input of selected contaminants to the OSPAR maritime area and its regions which are carried via rivers into tidal waters or are discharged directly into the sea (for example through sewage pipelines or activities like aquaculture applying substances directly in the sea). The RID Study currently focusses on mandatory monitoring and reporting of the concentrations and loads of the metals cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc, the organic pollutant lindane, nitrogen and phosphorus species and suspended particulate matter. Monitoring of PAHs, mineral oil, PCBs and other hazardous substances, especially organohalogens, are recommended for voluntary monitoring.


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