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
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.