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
A Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis has been found in the River Clyde, the very first record of this alien species in the wild in Scotland. An appeal has been put out for people to look out for this destructive invader. http://www.clyderiverfoundation.org/chinese-mitten-crab-found-in-the-river-clyde/
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.
Tobermory Harbour Authority is looking for a Project Manager to take forward Phase 6 of their programme to build ‘facilities for all’. This new Harbour infrastructure is intended to position Tobermory as a Hub Port that delivers long term sustainable benefits to the residents of Mull, to other Islands and to the adjacent mainland. See http://www.tobermoryharbour.co.uk/future_projects for further details.
Commonwealth Games Flotilla a Sail Away Success
The Firth of Clyde has played host to the largest flotilla of yachts and small craft ever to use its waters. About 250 boats set off from Greenock and arrived at Pacific Quay to be greeted by crowds along the shoreline. The flotilla was organised by the Royal Yachting Association Scotland. For more information search 'Commonwealth Games Flotilla' or watch this timelapse video.
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.
Environmental Legal Register for Marinas
The Green Blue, the joint environment initiative of the British Marine Federation (BMF) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), has launched a new, free resource to assist marinas to understand and comply with environmental legislation. The Environmental Legal Register for Marinas, including a version specifically for Scotland was developed with assistance from BMF member Blake Lapthorn, a leading commercial and private client law firm. See http://www.thegreenblue.org.uk/news/latest_news/2012/new_environmental_legal_regist.aspx
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.
Climate change and the UK marine leisure industry
Keep Scotland Beautiful Seeking Volunteers
Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global environmental issues which affect people’s quality of life. They are Scotland’s leading force acting, campaigning and training others to clean up their local environments and to change the behaviour which blights urban and rural landscapes; it is part of their work to help make Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow.
They are looking for volunteers to join them at Festival 2014 in Glasgow Green from 23rd July to 3rd August to inform and educate festival goers on their Clean Up Scotland campaign by running litter and recycling awareness activities. Visit their website for more information if you would like to get involved.
Less litter on Scottish beaches, Marine Conservation Society study findings
Volunteers cleared more than 36,000 pieces of rubbish in just one day from 45 Scottish beaches. There was a slight drop in the quantity of rubbish found on Scottish beaches but there is still a "shocking" amount of litter on beaches. For more information and the full report click here.
The Nature of Scotland Awards Open
The Awards have been developed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation. The eight categories to enter each identify a different area of nature conservation: Marine Conservation; Sustainable Development; Politician of the Year; Innovation; Outstanding Contribution; RSPB Species Champion; Community. For more information go to www.rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland
Public Sector Climate Change Portal Launched
The portal is designed to add value to the work of public sector organisation and initiatives supported by the Scottish Government, to help public sector action on climate change in line with the Public Bodies Duties in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act. Visit Public Sector Climate Change Portal