Spring news from the CMPP


Notes from the Team

In case you missed the news from our last newsletter, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform has signed the Ministerial Direction which delegates the functions of regional marine planning for the Clyde Marine Region to the CMPP and its 11 public authority members. Read the full story for more information on the CMPP news page.

We’ve mentioned the MSP challenge in our newsletters before, and in May we’ll be running a series of events where you can experience the game first hand and have a go at being a marine planner. Events will be run on the 23rd and 24th May in Lochgilphead, Arrochar and Greenock. If you are interested in attending please register via the following links:

In other news
Marine Scotland has recently published the first set of policy guidelines for commercial seaweed cultivation. This guidance provides clarity on where seaweed may be grown and what kind of development will be approved. More information on this is available from Marine Scotland.

The Celtic Seas Partnership, a transboundary four year project aimed at developing a collaborative and innovative approach to marine management has now ended. However, the wealth of materials and outputs from the project are available to view on their website, including interviews with stakeholders and an exploration of what the future could look like in the Celtic seas. Take a look at all the resources here.

Forthcoming events

Get your glad rags and dancing shoes on with the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine for their event on the 20th May – ‘Style at Sea: A night of glamour, cocktails and dance’. The night will be a 1930s themed event with big band swing and jazz to mark this year’s Festival of Museums. More details are available here.

The second SeaScotland conference will be taking place on the 21st June in Dundee. This event will be focussed on the implications of constitutional change on environmental policy in the marine area. The programme can be viewed here.

Also in June, Glasgow will be hosting the European Climate Change Adaptation conference from the 5th – 9thof the month. The CMPP will be presenting a poster on sea-level rise in the Clyde Marine Region.

The Field Studies Council, Millport are running a great range of courses from identifying species to marine mammal and bird surveys. See the full list of courses and book your place here.

Keeping you posted
Recent changes have taken place to the management of Crown Estate resources in Scotland. From the start of April this year, Scottish ministers have new control over Crown Estate owned property which includes most of the seabed and parts of the foreshore. Read the full storyhere.
What are we reading?
We’ve been reading the recent edition of the Nurdle Hunt newsletterThis issue has results from the Great Winter Nurdle Hunt, which took place nationally. More than 10 surveys took place in the Clyde Marine Region and the information gathered will feed into the Governments’ consultations on microplastics.
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