Scotland is a marine nation, surrounded by seas and filled with Lochs. Our waters shape our coastline and our climate, provide our energy and our food, and stimulate research and exploration.
Scotland has a vision for its waters: to deliver sustainable economic growth through clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine environments, managed to meet the long term needs of both nature and people.
To harness, protect and exploit our waters, we need to understand them, their ecosystems, and the global currents that affect them. From aquaculture to sea mammal studies and unlocking the potential of seaweed, atmospheric sciences, deep sea robotics and the impact of new renewable projects – Scotland is a hub for marine sciences.
Scottish Universities and Innovation Centres are at the forefront of understanding the unique and delicate balance in which the earth and the oceans exist. Scotland supports and leads vital projects in the Arctic waters to our north, the North East Atlantic and the North Sea – as well as in the abundant and rich waters of Britain.
Scotland has 460,000 square kilometres of coastal waters, and more than 32,000 Lochs making it the ideal location for any marine event.
Who works in Scotland’s Waters?
- Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
- Marine Scotland
- The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)
- Scottish Oceans Institute & Gatty Marine Laboratory
- Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory
- Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
- Scottish Natural heritage
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
- Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society