Firth of Clyde Forum
Welcome to the Firth of Clyde Forum website. 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
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.
SAMS appoints new Director
Professor Nicholas Owens has been appointed Director of Oban-based Scottish Association for Marine Science from 1 September 2015. A distinguished marine biogeochemist, Professor Owens is a highly experienced leader of important and successful UK research organisations, having previously directed Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the British Antarctic Survey and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science. Read the full press release here.
COAST's Howard Wood brings the Goldman Environmental Prize to Scotland!
International award for COAST's marine restoration campaign
Howard Wood, chairman and co-founder of COAST has been awarded the highly prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work with COAST promoting sustainable management of Arran's seas. It is the first time this international award, the largest prize for grassroots environmentalists worldwide, has come to Scotland and only the second time it has been made to somebody in the UK. Read more, browse photos, and watch a video clip of Howard's story on the Goldman Prize website.
Clyde Cruising Club announces dates of Scottish Series 2015
The Clyde Cruising Club has officially announced the dates for Scottish Series 2015. The event will be held on 22-25th May. As ever the event will be held in the popular and picturesque village of Tarbert on Loch Fyne. The organising committee is also pleased to announce that Silvers Marine have agreed to come back for a second year. Visit the Malin Waters website to read more about the event and Silvers Marine.
Awakening The Giant!
An ambitious new strategy to ‘awaken the giant’ of Scotland’s marine tourism sector and bring even more visitors to the nation’s coastlines and canals has been unveiled. The five-year plan, launched by Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing, and supported by Clyde Forum, aims to boost Scotland‘s reputation as a world class marine tourism destination. The strategy hopes to grow the total value of the sector by 25%, from £360 million to £450 million, by 2020. Visit the Scottish Canals website for more information.
Are you a Citizen Scientist with an interest in sealife?
If you are a diver, snorkeller, boat owner or coastal walker you can help scientists to collect much needed data on both invasive and climate change indicator marine species around the UK coastline. The Sealife Tracker project is a unique partnership between the British Sub Aqua Club, the Marine Biological Association, the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the University of Bristol.
The free Sealife tracker app (available for Android and iPhone) shows you how to identify each species and enables you to easily submit geo-located photos whenever you find one.
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.
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.
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!