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Latest Marine economy articles

  • 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).

  • 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).

  • The BiFab predicament and State aid rules

    The BiFab predicament and State aid rules

    In an attempt to rescue manufacturing yards at Methil, Burntisland and Arnish, the Scottish Government granted loan facilities to Burntisland Fabrications Limited (more commonly referred to as "BiFab"), back in 2017.  Following this move, a Canadian firm (DF Barnes) took over control of BiFab, with the Scottish Government retaining a minority share.

  • Highland Council warning to fishermen operating a fishing vessel

    Highland Council warning to fishermen operating a fishing vessel

    As we fast approach the end of the Brexit transition period (31 December 2020), the Highland Council ("HC") have issued an urgent warning to fishermen operating a fishing vessel with a HC area 'home port' (which includes the likes of Scrabster and Wick for example).  The HC warning states that all fishing vessels where the catch is exported (either directly or indirectly) to any EU Member State must first be registered as a food business with the HC.