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.

Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan Amended Draft May 2021 Cover


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:

Ministerial Direction

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.

Advisory Group

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:

Supporting Assessments

As part of the development of the regional marine plan a number of supporting assessments were completed.

Marine Scotland

The Marine Scotland website provides information on marine planning, which can be viewed here.

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To contact the marine spatial planning team please email 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.