A new report produced by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has highlighted the unique role agriculture plays in island life and calls on Government to use this new evidence in policy decisions.

The Marine Fund Scotland (MFS) is now open for applications for the 2024-25 financial year.  The deadline for applications to the first round of MFS for 2024-25 is 9 May 2024, and applicants are asked to ensure that they have their application and supporting documentation submitted by this date.

Sea Scotland 2024 - Sharing Our Blue Space

Scotland boasts a marine environment of unparalleled beauty and ecological significance. Our seas host a diverse range of marine life and ecosystems and are a vital resource that supports multiple marine industries, including fishing, aquaculture, tourism, and renewable energy. The marine environment also holds cultural and social significance for communities in Scotland, shaping their identities, traditions, and ways of life. However, this precious environment suffers from ongoing decline due to cumulative pressures from human activities.

Atlantic salmon is often referred to as the King of Fish, reflecting its important role in Scotland both culturally and economically with angling making a key contribution to many rural areas. 

The achievements of Scotland’s top land-based and aquaculture trainees were celebrated last night (Thursday 7th March) at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills) at the Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire.

The latest round of awards from the first year of the Marine Fund Scotland (MFS) has provided fishing businesses and marine organisations in coastal communities with £7.4 million in funding.

Businesses and marine organisations in Scotland’s coastal communities will benefit from £14 million in grants from the Marine Fund Scotland 2023-24.

A total of 91 projects, with grants ranging from just under £1,000 up to £1.6 million, will support innovation and sustainable practices for the marine economy, including work to reduce carbon emissions. Projects include:

An action plan has been published which supports the Culture Strategy for Scotland. The plan provides details of how the Scottish Government will deliver the ambitions of the Culture Strategy.