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Sectoral Marine Plan (SMP) - Wind (Offshore) Plan Options (2020)

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The Sectoral Marine Plan aims to identify the most sustainable plan options for the future development of commercial-scale offshore wind energy in Scotland, including deep water wind technologies and covers both Scottish inshore and offshore waters (extending out to the Exclusive Economic Zone limit).

The Sectoral Marine seeks to contribute to the achievement of Scottish and UK energy and climate change policy objectives and targets, through the provision of a spatial strategy to inform the seabed leasing process for commercial offshore wind energy in Scottish waters, which:

  • Minimises the potential adverse effects on other marine users, economic sectors and the environment resulting from further commercial-scale offshore wind development; and
  • Maximises opportunities for economic development, investment and employment in Scotland, by identifying new opportunities for commercial scale offshore wind development, including deeper water wind technologies.

The Plan Options provide the spatial footprint for this Sectoral Marine Plan.

Classified Shellfish Harvesting Areas (FSS) - May 2020

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is responsible for ensuring that shellfish from designated harvesting areas meet the health standards laid down in EC Regulation 853/2004. Classifications are awarded according to the FSS Protocol for Classification and Management of E.coli results. Live bivalve molluscs (LBMs) harvesting areas are classified by monitoring the levels of E.coli in shellfish flesh.

Shellfish classification documents are published by FSS annually. Classification years run from April to March.  Classifications are also updated quarterly.

Seagrass beds - Zostera marina / angustifolia beds on lower shore clean or muddy sand (SNH WMS)

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The Priority Marine Feature (PMF) list contains 81 habitats and species considered to be of conservation importance in Scotland's seas. It includes many features which are characteristic of the Scottish marine environment, ranging from flame shell beds in coastal waters, to cold-water coral reefs of the deeper seas, and mobile species such as minke whale and basking shark.

This layer shows the distribution of Zostera marina / angustifolia beds on lower shore clean or muddy sand. Subtidal seagrass beds of the eelgrass Zostera marina are considered nationally scarce and found on the west coast of Scotland extending up to the Northern Isles with a few records from the east coast in more sheltered bays and firths.


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