Safeguarding Scotland’s marine treasures

Scotland’s marine area is vast, making up approximately 60% of UK seas and covering an area six times that of Scotland’s land area.

Our coasts and waters support a rich and diverse array of spectacular wildlife and natural habitats that provide a wealth of benefits to society, from food and jobs to education and inspiration.

Unfortunately, the constant pressure and demands from modern society have led to a decline in the health of Scotland’s seas. To maintain a healthy and productive marine environment we must recognise and rectify the impact human activity has had by implementing effective and sustainable management of our seas. To make real and lasting improvement to the health of the seas it is essential to improve our collective knowledge of the current state of the environment and develop open and constructive dialogue between stakeholders.

The Trust recognises that effective management involves working at both national and local levels. Therefore, the Living Seas project focuses on marine planning and community engagement. Our Marine Planning Officer is responsible for engaging with various stakeholders involved with marine development, conservation and exploitation, and promoting best practice that ensures environmental damage is minimised. Our Communities Officer is responsible for raising awareness of good stewardship and conservation with local communities and increasing public knowledge on the sustainable uses of our seas.

Explore Scotland's seas using our interactive map

Use our interactive map to find out where some of Scotland’s marine life hotspots are, as well as the locations of fish farms, the boundaries of our Marine Protected Areas and much more.

Experience life below the waves

Feeling adventurous? Why not discover the diversity of life in Scotland seas by enjoying one of our snorkel trails.

Marine management

From responding to planning applications to campaigning for better protection of our marine resources, the Trust is involved with a wide range of marine conservation activities.

Living Seas photo stories

People use our seas in a variety of ways and it’s important that everyone’s interests are taken into account when making decisions about how we use the seas resources.

Our photo stories focus on six people that benefit from our seas in different ways.

Our marine policies and publications

See below for a full list of our marine policies, briefings, consultation responses and other marine-related publications.

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