Firth of Clyde Forum
Welcome to the Firth of Clyde Forum web site. The Forum is a voluntary partnership of local authorities, organisations, businesses and communities committed to working towards integrated, sustainable management of the Clyde's environmental, economic and community resources.
We implement Marine Planning / Integrated Coastal Zone Management initiatives and engage with local communities and other coastal and marine groups, facilitating discussions between parties on key coastal and marine issues. We produce newsletters, organise conferences and are involved in and promote various information and public events around the Firth of Clyde. The Forum Core Group of key stakeholders meets on a quarterly basis and is currently responsible for the implementation of the Firth of Clyde Marine Spatial Plan.
Hot Topics and Breaking News
On-line interactive mapping to support marine planning
Marine Scotland has developed National Marine Plan interactive, (or NMPi mobile) a web based GIS using GeoServer and Open Layers software, to provide spatial data and make it readily available to stakeholders. All the data from Scotland’s Marine Atlas, which brought together a wealth of spatial information about Scotland’s seas for the first time, are now available amongst over 400 data layers and links to associated web pages for further information. Read the short article here.
Launch of Consultation for Scotland's Marine Tourism Strategy
Invasive Species Found
The Clyde 2020 Summit was called by Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Mr Richard Lochhead, as part of the Scottish Government's commitment to a programme of measures that will identify, test and implement practical actions which may contribute to the renewal of the Clyde marine ecosystem.
The meeting was organised by the Firth of Clyde Forum which was tasked by Marine Scotland to do this work bearing in mind their role as an independent organisation focused on marine planning and integrated coastal zone management in the Firth of Clyde.
New protection for Scotland's Seas!
Seal Haul Out Sites
From 30 September it will be an offence to intentionally or recklessly harass seals within certain designated haul out areas. There are five haul out sites identified in the Firth of Clyde - Sound of Pladda Skerries, South Arran; Sanda & Sheep Island, Mull of Kintyre; Rubha nan Sgarbh, Kilbrannan Sound, East Kintyre; Yellow Rock, Ardnacross Bay, East Kintyre; and Lady Isle, West of Troon. For more information visit the Marine Scotland website.
Marine Biosecurity Planning Guidance
The Firth of Clyde Forum, in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), have created marine biosecurity planning guidance, which gives marine businesses and other marine site managers easy-to-follow procedures for creating a biosecurity plan to help to reduce the threat of moving and introducing new species to their site. See - http://www.snh.gov.uk/docs/A1294630.pdf.