Firth of Clyde Forum
On 10th February 2016, the Core Group of the Firth of Clyde Forum met to close the Forum and sign the constitution of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership, marking the establishment of this organisation. For more information, please see this page: http://www.clydeforum.com/marine-planning
Hot Topics and Breaking News
The Queen Mary steamer to be repaired at Garvel Clyde Drydock, Greenock
Garvel Clyde drydock of Greenock have landed a contract to repair a unique Clyde turbine steamer. TS Queen Mary is the last of her class in the world and was rescued from being scrapped by a charity set up to save her. Garvel have beaten off strong competition to get the vessel shipshape so that she can be towed from her current London berth to Greenock for further repairs. Read more here.
A Bute built luxury cruise ship was officially named in a ceremony at Holy Loch Marina - Read more here.
Marine tourism success - Expenditure in Scotland amounts to £3.7 billion
Marine recreation and tourism expenditure in Scotland is estimated to amount to £3.7 billion per year, according to a new report. The Scottish Marine Recreation and Tourism Survey shows that £1.3 billion of expenditure comes from specialist marine activities including wildlife watching, sailing, kayaking, surfing and angling with expenditure on general recreation and tourism like beach combing, short walks and coastal cycling amounting to £2.4 billion. This survey covers 23 different recreation and tourism activities undertaken at sea or around the Scottish coastline. General marine and coastal recreation, including beach activities was found to be the most popular activity. Access the full report here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/seamanagement/national/RecandTourism
Award for Maritime Museum Skiff Builders
Congratulations to British Marine Scotland members, the Scottish Boat Building School at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine, who have been named winners of the Enterprising Museum Award at the Scottish Arts and Business Awards ceremony. Martin Hughes, who leads the Boat Building course at the Museum said “Our trainees worked as mentors to the Prestwick pupils during the construction of the vessel here at our workshop, and upon completion the Prestwick Coastal Rowing Club was established. We have just started 9 new trainees who will be working on a pre apprenticeship programme for the next 12 months alongside our staff and 2 apprentices who are working towards their City and Guilds qualification. We are the only place in Scotland who can currently offer the City and Guilds which is a level 2 certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance. Receiving this award has been a great boost to the apprentices who took part in the project as recognition of their hard work by an external organisation is a great achievement.” Read the full story here: http://britishmarine.co.uk/News/2016/March/Recognition-for-the-entrepreneurial-talent-at-the-Scottish-Boatbuilding-School
Sea Scotland, 15-16 June 2016 - Knowledge exchange event on marine planning
Nurdle hunting in the Clyde
Dr Natalie Welden, researcher in microplastic pollution discusses an excting opportunity to contribute to knowledge of microplastics in the Clyde. Read more here.
Clydeplan proposed Strategic Development Plan - Open for responses
The Clydeplan proposed Strategic Development Plan is now open for responses. You can access the proposed plan and related documents and respond at this site. The consultation will close on the 29th February.
Millport, the Clyde and Marine Biology – Celebrating the Past and Building the Future
Porcupine Marine Natural History Society will be holding this year’s conference will be held at the Marine Station, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland on March 11th-13th 2016. The programme is now available for download: Programme 2016. More info is also available on this website.
Flourshing Communities and Productive seas - Workshop in Glasgow on February 5th 2016
The third event in the series will focus on the concept of Good Environmental Status. In addition to updates on policy and research projects, the intention is to debate the nature of the interactions between sectors operating within the coastal regions and to discuss how best to manage and mediate sectoral interactions. Download a copy of the programme here and find out more on the previous two workshops here.
Young Scot awards - Call for nominations
Since its inception ten years ago the Yound Scot Awards have flourished, and are now Scotland's biggest celebration of the inspirational contributions of thousands of young Scots who have made a real difference to their communities. Nominations have opened for a variety of categories and will close on the 24th February. the nomination for and more informaiton can be found here: http://youngscotawards.com/2015/11/29/nominate-now/
Capturing our Coast - Contribute to the biggest citizen science project in the UK
Caturing our Coast is looking for adults interested in beng trained as rocky shore surveyors. No experience? Professional ecologist? Anyone can join in working together on this nationwide science project. See this flyer for more information, or visit www.capturingourcoast.co.uk.
Fishing for Litter's latest newsletter is available to read at this page.
New fish processing plant to be developed in the Firth of Clyde
Argyll and Bute Council has granted permission to Ardyne Estates to build the facility at Ardyne Point, which is expected to support 150 jobs, a further 180 indirectly and add over £7 million to the local economy. Read more about the proposal here.
Former passenger steamer Queen Mary to return to the Clyde
A charity set up to save one of the last coastal turbine steamers in the world, and possibly one of the finest surviving products of Dumbarton shipbuilders Wm Denny, have recently announced that the QUEEN MARY of 1933 has been formally handed over to them and will return to the Clyde in 2016. Read the full story.
Unprecedented response to Marine Scotland’s national survey of coastal and marine recreation and tourism
Sarah Brown, Project Manager, said: "We are delighted with the response to the survey - we are approaching 2,000 completed surveys across 22 activities – more than four times more people than the last similar survey a decade ago! However, we would really like to hear more from people" Read more about the project, and how to take part in the survey here.
All About Oceans
It's Official - Scotland is the best place in the world to sail!
Scotland has been voted the ‘World’s Best Cruising Ground’ in the prestigious Sailing Today Awards - beating even the warm weather destinations of Greece, Turkey, Canaries and St Vincent and the Grenadines! The inaugural awards invited readers and sailors throughout the UK to vote in 15 categories via an online poll - the results of which were announced in a ceremony at Southampton Boat Show attended by the great and the good of the sailing industry. Sail Scotland has more details.
Closing TODAY 15th Sept - Clyde 2020 recruiting for Research Advisory Group
The Clyde 2020 Steering Group wishes to appoint members to the Clyde 2020 Research Advisory Group (RAG), a non-executive body which will provide independent, objective and impartial advice and strategic guidance on the research requirements needed to achieve implementation of the Clyde 2020 Actions and their overall coherence. Details can be viewed at this link.
Marine Recreation and Tourism Survey Launched
Project to revitalise coastal economies launched
UK coastal communities rely on the ocean for food, jobs, and recreation. But as environmental and economic pressures grow, natural ecosystems are being pushed to their limit. The Blue New Deal aims to deliver stronger economies for UK coastal communities through a healthier marine environment. The Blue New Deal will bring together a range of economic sectors, organisations and individuals committed to the Blue New Deal vision, to generate ideas and develop an action plan that will help turn this vision into a reality. The Blue New Deal website is available to view here.
Great British Beach Clean 2015
Calling all beach lovers - Your beach needs you! Throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, the Marine Conservation Society will be organising beach cleaning events on the weekend of the 18th-21st September. Beachwatch is the Marine Conservation Society's national beach cleaning and litter surveying programme. For more information and to sign up please go to: www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch
Humpback whale spotted in the Firth of Clyde
A humpback whale has been recorded further north in the Firth of Clyde than ever before. The rare ocean giant has been giving lucky onlookers impressive displays, leaping clear of the water and splashing its enormous fins and tail against the surface as it journeys towards up the Firth of Clyde. Read the full story here.
US cruise passengers pick Greenock as their top port
Cruise Critic, an online cruise guide, ran a survey asking American cruisers which UK port they would most love to visit. Of almost 800 responses, the port selected by the majority — almost 40 per cent — was Greenock. The full story is available to read here.