Notes from the Team
The CMPP is busy working on further plan development based on the feedback received through the pre-consultation. We are currently finalising the pre-consultation report, which will be published in due course. The report summarises the key messages coming out of the pre-consultation. We will be planning further stakeholder workshops and public dialogue sessions to contribute toward plan development. These will take place in the autumn.

If you have a business in the Clyde Marine Region, or work for a business in the Region, and would like to participate in interviews that will help assess the business and regulatory impacts of the Clyde Regional Marine Plan, then get in touch. Interviews are likely to take place towards the end of the 2019. There will be an interview selection criteria to ensure a diverse range of businesses and business sizes are included.

Updates from our Public Engagement Officer
We will be attending events around the Region with information and activities about the marine environment for all ages, come along and say hello! We’ve included some photos from the Tarbert Viking Festival in this newsletter. Our next event is in collaboration with the RSBP on:
• Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July – 12:00 – 16:00 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Argyle Street, Glasgow. We are collaborating with the RSPB Giving Nature a Home Glasgow Team to share how we can protect marine life, including seabirds, from pollution in the marine environment. Join us to find out more and take part in our marine pollution themed family activities!
If you are interested in collaborating on an event or workshop about the marine environment of the Firth of Clyde (including science, nature, art or heritage themes) then please get in touch.

In Other News
The marine litter sink in Arrochar draws in approximately 62,000 pieces of litter a year due to a range of factors, including the shape of the Firth of Clyde and the predominantly south-westerly winds. The basin outside Loch Long receives two confluent flows of water, one from the Irish Sea outflow and the other from the River Clyde catchment area, both of which are thought to carry approximately 20 litter items per square kilometre of water. An estimate of 11 % of all marine litter entering the Clyde reaches Arrochar. This video illustrates how the litter is carried towards hotspots around Arrochar, Helensburgh and Lochgoilhead.

A partnership project was recently launched that will use space technology to protect Scotland’s historic environment from climate change impacts, such as coastal erosion. The project will build on the current use of innovative space and satellite techniques within heritage management to assist in monitoring and managing these impacts. One of the project’s case studies is the coastal site of Skara Brae in Orkney.

Your Stories
An appeal was launched in Glasgow to raise £2.3 million to help fund the work that is needed to repair the PS Waverley. Hopefully, the paddle steamer will be back in operation in 2020. Click here for more information.

The Ring Net Bus is a fishing boat on wheels that travelled around the Firth of Clyde and the rest of the west coast of Scotland last year. The interior of the bus was designed by artist, Deirdre Nelson, with help from children from Tarbert Academy. Photos from the bus can now be found on Deirdre’s website here.

What are we reading?
The RSPB mapped carbon- and nature-rich areas across the UK. These areas provide important opportunities to invest in nature-based solutions to contribute towards addressing the biodiversity and climate emergencies. Visit the Storymap for more detailed information.

Did you know that the Firth of Clyde Forum developed a Biosecurity Plan for the Clyde? The Biosecurity Plan uses a partnership approach and focuses on three strategic elements: prevention, rapid response and control and containment. The CMPP will be working on developing an updated biosecurity plan in 2020; we will keep you updated on any progress. In the meantime, you can still use the current plan and make sure you check, clean and dry your vessel!

Forthcoming events
The Scottish Government is inviting members of the public to The Big Climate Conversation public workshops to discuss action to tackle the global climate emergency. The first event was in Glasgow on the 16th July but if you missed it and are able to travel further afield, there are more opportunities for you to get involved:
• Stirling: 24 July at 13:00 to 15:00
• Aberdeen: 31 July at 17:30 to 19:30
• Portree: 6 August at 17:30 to 19:30
• Fort William: 7 August at 17:30 to 19:30
• Orkney: 14 August at 17:30 to 19:30
The events are free but they are filling up quickly, so make sure you register on Eventbrite.

CIEEM 2019 Scottish Conference Climate Change: Its Impact on Scotland’s Wildlife & Landscapes – 24th September. Register here.

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