For the purposes of Marine Scotland Science’s (MSS) stock assessments, the king scallop (Pecten maximus) grounds around Scotland are divided into assessment areas (previously known as ‘Management areas’) which are defined on the basis of ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) statistical rectangles. As in previous assessments, rectangle 40E4 is divided into two data components, one from the east side of the Mull of Kintyre and one from the west side. This allows for a clearer distinction between the West of Kintyre and Clyde scallop stocks.
The Areas of Search and exclusions identify early Sectoral Marine Planning considerations for suitable offshore wind development. These locations will be progressed through a Sectoral Marine Planning exercise to determine areas of seabed, that can be leased by Crown Estate Scotland, for offshore wind projects that will be replacing traditional energy sources for oil and gas platforms/infrastructure. Following a public consultation (August 2022 to October 2022) the areas have been modified and republished in the INTOG Initial Plan Framework (February 2022)
‘Lease/Lease Agreement’ is a legal agreement from Crown Estate Scotland whereby an area of foreshore or seabed is occupied by a third party (a 'tenant') for an agreed purpose, such as carbon capture and storage, and which gives consent for the tenant to develop on the lease site(s), if other required permissions are gained.
This layer shows areas where there is a Crown Estate Scotland Lease/Lease Agreement in place for carbon capture and storage (CCS)
The aim of the Inshore Fisheries Pilots initiative is to look at alternative forms of inshore fisheries management. Marine Scotland sought proposals from the commercial fishing industry for sites to be considered for the pilot scheme. This layer depicts the boundary of the Outer Hebrides Inshore Fisheries Pilot Area.