Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan
The Scottish Government created the National Marine Plan in 2015 which sets out the wider context of marine planning in Scotland.The government have created eleven Scottish Marine Regions which cover sea areas extending out to 12 nautical miles. Each region will create a Regional Marine Plan developed by a Marine Planning Partnership allowing more local ownership and decision making about specific issues within their marine area. In Shetland the Marine Planning Partnership is guided by an advisory group. For more information please see below.
The development of a regional marine plan built on the existing marine spatial planning work by NAFC Marine Centre UHI. To view previous versions of Marine Plans for the Shetland Marine Region and supporting documents click here.
To download the SIRMP- Amended Version 2021 click here: Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan - Amended Version 2021
How Marine Planning Can Benefit Shetland
Marine planning aims to protect species and habitats whilst creating opportunities for economic growth and safeguarding community interests. Some Shetland examples can be found below:
- How Marine Planning Can Benefit Shetland- Tourism
- How Marine Planning Can Benefit Shetland- Mussel Production
- How Communities have engaged with Marine Planning in Shetland
- How Fisheries have engaged with Marine Planning in Shetland
- Shetland Islands Marine Planning Partnership Advisory Group
On 22 March 2016, Scottish Ministers gave a Direction to the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust (operating as the NAFC Marine Centre UHI) and the Shetland Islands Council to prepare a regional marine plan. The Marine Plan will reflect the requirements for regional marine planning under the Marine Scotland Act, and will be used to guide marine development and the assessment of marine licences. The Direction can be viewed here:
Statement of Public Participation
Our Statement of Public Participation is available here: Shetland SPP May 2021.
The development of the marine plan for the Shetland Marine region has been guided by an advisory group. The Terms of Reference and membership can be viewed here:
The advisory group regularly meets, with meeting minutes and agendas available for view here:
As part of the development of the regional marine plan a number of supporting assessments were completed.
- A Marine Region State of the Environment Assessment for the Shetland Islands has been undertaken to provide a baseline for the development of a regional marine plan. It can be viewed here: Shetland Islands Marine Region State of the Environment Assessment.
- From the State of the Environment Assessment, we have developed an environmental action plan which can be downloaded here: Environmental Action Plan for the Shetland Islands Marine Region 2018
- The Sustainability Appraisal (SA)/ Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA). This process has been documented in an Environment Report and can be download here: SIRMP SA Environmental Report May 2019. A Non-Technical Summary can be downloaded here: SIRMP SA Non-technical summary.
- Business and Regulatory Assessment (BRIA). The partial BRIA can be downloaded here: SIRMP Partial BRIA 2019. You can download the minutes from the BRIA meetings here.
- Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA). The draft EQIA can be downloaded here: SIRMP Equality Impact Assessment.
- Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA). The draft CRWIA can be downloaded here: SIRMP CRWIA Jan 2019.
- Habitats Regulation Appraisal (HRA). The draft HRA can be downloaded here: SIRMP Draft HRA 2018.
The Marine Scotland website provides information on marine planning, which can be viewed here.
To contact the marine spatial planning team please email email@example.com or phone 01595 772 000
The NAFC Marine Centre UHI would like to acknowledge the financial support of Marine Scotland and the Shetland Islands Council in developing regional marine spatial planning in the Shetland Islands.