October 2016 eNews Bulletin
The Moray Firth Partnership brings together people, knowledge and resources to make the most of our coast and seas, now and for future generations. We provide a neutral forum and encourage networking and integration to bring diverse interests together and help them develop joint actions.
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Beachwatch Beach Cleaning
Huge thanks to this fantastic team from LifeScan Scotland who helped us pick about 8kg of rubbish from Ardersier beach on Saturday 3rd September (including nearly 400 cotton bud sticks and 350 scraps of plastic!) National beach cleaning and litter surveying undertaken through the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch programme helps campaigners tackle marine litter at its source!
The Port of Cromarty Firth also joined the national beach clean effort and partnered with three primary schools in the local area to take part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Great Big British Beach Clean on 20th September. Pupils from primary one to three from Resolis, Coulhill and Tarbat Old primary schools joined members of Port staff, including Bob Buskie, Chief Executive, and James Cusiter, Environmental Coordinator, to take part in the national event. Each school cleaned a local beach around the Firth, collecting litter that could endanger marine wildlife, such as discarded drinks cans and plastic bottles. Although the schools normally arrange an annual beach clean, this was the first year they were organised on the same date. Great effort!!
The Gold and Silver Darlings Quilt Story
Communities around the Moray Firth have worked together to produce a wonderful quilt based on the legends of the sea around the coast! A year in the making, this new story quilt celebrates almost 40 traditional stories and was made with people in Dunbeath, Portmahomack, Strathpeffer, Cromarty, Rosemarkie and Inverness. The quilt was launched in Cromarty on 25th September but there will be public showings around the Moray Firth over the coming months. Keep an eye on the Story Quilt Facebook page for details of further roadshow events in your area.
A £1 million funding boost is now available for Highland & Moray fishing communities! Highland & Moray fishing communities are being encouraged to apply for a share of £1 million pounds of European Funding to support the sustainable development of fisheries areas. Funding can be used to support a range of projects that will deliver on local priorities including adding value to fisheries products, creating job opportunities and stimulating economic growth in fishing, aquaculture and marine based industries. For guidance and advice please contact the EMFF Development Officer Sarah Lamb on 01955 609560 or by email. Further information and expression of interest forms can be found on the Highland and Moray FLAG website.
Upcoming Event with Biologist Mike Kendall
Mike Kendall will be giving a talk on the Wonderful World of the Rocky Seashore at the Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay on 18th October at 7pm. The Highland seashores are a massive biological asset! With little pollution or human impact they have a vast diversity of both plant and animal species; but we don’t always know which species live where, how abundant they are and how numbers change over time. To book a place call 01343 820 339 or email.