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Latest articles from Chris Kerr

  • Sea powered cars? Scotland's marine economy and the 'just transition'

    Sea powered cars? Scotland's marine economy and the 'just transition'

    The proper and efficient harnessing of Scotland's natural capital will be absolutely crucial in respect of the Scottish Government's ambitious target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, and reaching carbon neutrality by 2045. An example of the technology and innovation that will both be created by and drive this transition was in the news this week.

  • UK agrees fishing limits with EU and Norway

    UK agrees fishing limits with EU and Norway

    In what comes as a first for the UK as an independent coastal state, a new trilateral fisheries agreement between the UK, Norway and the European Union (EU) was announced earlier this week (16 March 2021).

  • The Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund

    The Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund

    In recognition of the severe impact that the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have on Scotland's tourism industry, the Scottish Government announced several important support packages in December 2020, with the overall goal of helping the industry survive the impacts of the pandemic.  One of these support packages, the "Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund", operated by VisitScotland, is due to open for applications in early February 2021. Below we take a high-level look at the fund and, in particular, the types of marine and boating businesses that could potentially benefit from it.

  • Consolidation of Wellboat Discharge Regulation in Scotland

    Consolidation of Wellboat Discharge Regulation in Scotland

    Following a recommendation made by the "Independent Review of Aquaculture Consenting" in 2016 (an independent review jointly commissioned by Marine Scotland and The Crown Estate to objectively review the entirety of the aquaculture consenting process), and with effect from November 2020, regulation of marine fish farming wellboats and their chemical medicine discharges in Scotland has now been consolidated, by virtue of certain regulatory responsibilities being transferred from Marine Scotland to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).