Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan


Aerial view of Scalloway

The consultation on the Shetland Islands Draft Regional Marine Plan 2019 (SIRMP) will begin on the 9th of September and run for 16 weeks, finishing on the 30th of December. This is your opportunity to feed in to the development of the Draft SIRMP 2019 and to shape future management of the seas around Shetland and to influence the development of marine planning in Scotland. Development of the SIRMP has been guided by an advisory group. More information on the Marine Planning Partnership, the advisory group and its formation can be found on the Shetland Islands Marine Planning Partnership Page.

The Draft SIRMP 2019 can be downloaded here: Shetland Islands DRAFT Regional Marine Plan 2019

Consultation Dates

There will be 5 public drop-in sessions with representatives from the Shetland Islands Regional Marine Planning Partnership on hand to answer any questions.

NAFC Marine Centre, Scalloway Tuesday 10th September 2.30-7.30pm

Rankin Lounge, Aith Tuesday 24th September 2.30-7.30pm

Mid Yell Leisure Centre, Yell Friday 27th September 2-6.30pm

North Mainland Leisure Centre, Brae Monday 30th September 2.30-7.30pm

Lerwick Town Hall, Lerwick Monday 7th October 2.30-7.30pm

How to Respond to the Consultation

Consultation Guidance Document

The Consultation Guidance Document has been developed to help direct you to the relevant policies within the Draft SIRMP for your interest area.

You can download it here: SIRMP Consultation Guidance Document 2019

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

Supporting Assessments

As part of the consultation process we are also consulting on a number of supporting assessments.

Environment Report

The Sustainability Appraisal (SA)/ Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) has informed the development of the Draft SIRMP. This process has been documented in an Environment Report.

The Environment Report 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

BRIAs help to assess the likely costs, benefits and risks of any proposed primary or secondary legislation, voluntary regulation, codes of practice, or guidance that may have an impact on the public, private or third sector. A partial BRIA has been prepared and a full BRIA will be developed during the consultation.

The partial BRIA can be downloaded here: SIRMP Partial BRIA 2019

You can download the minutes from the BRIA meetings here: 

BRIA Business Interview - Cooke Aquaculture

BRIA Business Interview - Curlew Shellfish Services Ltd.

BRIA Business Interview - Grieg Seafood

BRIA Business Interview - SHE-T [SSE]

BRIA Business Interview - SSF

BRIA Business Interview - Wild Shetland Tours

Equality Impact Assessment

An EQIA  involves assessing the impact of new or revised policies, practices or services against the requirements of the public sector equality duty. The duty requires all Scottish public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.  It covers people in respect of all aspects of equality (age, disability, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment and pregnancy and maternity).  It helps to ensure the needs of people are taken into account during the development and implementation of a new policy or service or when a change is made to a current policy or service.

The draft EQIA can be downloaded here: SIRMP Equality Impact Assessment.

Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA)

Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) is a process through which you can identify, research, analyse and record the anticipated impact of any proposed law, policy or measure on children’s human rights and wellbeing.

The draft CRWIA can be downloaded here: SIRMP CRWIA Jan 2019.

Habitats Regulation Appraisal (HRA)

Under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, all competent authorities must consider whether any plan or project will have a ‘likely significant effect’ on a Natura site.

The draft HRA can be downloaded here: SIRMP Draft HRA 2018.