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  • November 12, 2018

    Marine litter posters from Kiltearn Primary School

    Kiltearn Primary School had the great idea to create posters for the 2018 Great Cromarty Firth Clean Up organised by the Port of Cromarty Firth as part of the Great British Beach Clean.

    You can see the posters here, or if you’d like to visit them in person, they are on display in Invergordon Library until late November.

    If these posters inspire you to keep our coast clean, you might want to get involved in the Cromarty Firth Litter Action Plan. Take a look to see the places nearest to you, and most in need of your help. We’ve also got lots of useful links on our marine litter page.

  • November 7, 2018

    SCRAPbook Engagement Officer, Moray Firth Partnership

    Based at Inverness, Scotland

    Salary: £24,000 pa
    Term: 12 month contract (although funding being sought for further 4 years)

    The project:

    Thanks to the Blue Planet II effect, a small visionary project started in the Moray Firth has grown into a Scotland-wide initiative to comprehensively capture and map, through aerial photography, litter along the Scottish mainland’s entire coastline.

    This innovative third sector collaboration between the Moray Firth Partnership, Marine Conservation Society and Sky Watch (UKCAP) involves an experienced fleet of volunteer pilots identifying and recording coastline affected by litter and pollution. That evidence is mapped through an interactive web-based hub that helps direct targeted clean-up activities.

    The SCRAPbook map launched in August to huge acclaim and positive reaction, followed by additional investment from the Scottish Government to develop engagement and clean-up activities focusing on the worst polluted areas. We now need a dynamic, creative and engaging individual with a collaborative approach and excellent communications experience to join the team and help develop the next exciting phase of SCRAPbook.

    The post will be based in Inverness, with team members in Perth and Argyll and supported by a small project board representing all three partner charities. The Moray Firth Partnership will be the direct employer of this post. The post is part funded by the Scottish Government through Marine Scotland.

    The role:

    Develop and deliver a communications strategy that showcases the project and drives meaningful interest and engagement with SCRAPbook

    Manage media and social media content for maximum local and national reach.

    Engage local, regional and national clubs, associations, businesses, and appropriate groups to unlock volunteer support for clean-up activities using the map to target efforts.

    Work with key stakeholders to unlock wider engagement opportunities liaising closely with the Technical Coordinator and project board.

    Work with the marine litter officers to design targeted clean up engagement plans for non-Local Coastal Partnership areas i.e. Argyll and North/West Highlands.

    Work with the Technical Coordinator to support development of website and promotional materials especially image and video based
    attend SCRAPbook-related meetings including with Scotland’s local coastal partnerships.

    Contribute to project delivery and reporting as required

    Contribute to funding and campaign activities as required

    Based in Inverness, with regular travel across Scotland with occasional overnight stays. Evening and weekend work may be required. Own car an advantage.

    The person: (skills, knowledge and experience)

    Essential:

    At least 3 years in a communications role, utilising multiple channels
    excellent writing skills particularly for traditional and social media with demonstrable success in delivering successful press/social media campaigns.

    Excellent stakeholder and community engagement skills, particularly encouraging participation and contribution (volunteer or corporate)
    proven ability to energise and encourage participation from diverse groups.

    High proficiency in Office 365 packages, preferably cloud-based.

    Must be a team player with great people skills and a friendly manner
    able to manage/prioritise own workload effectively and work well within a disparate and multi-disciplinary team.

    UK Driver’s Licence

    Desirable:

    Experience/understanding of local authorities or waste management sector.

    Experience of working with national organisations e.g. businesses and public sector

    Knowledge of coastal and marine litter and pollution

    Knowledge of wider coastal and marine litter policy landscape and challenges

    Understanding of maritime industries and leisure craft.

    To apply:

    Please send a CV and covering letter (max. 2 pages A4 each) to info@morayfirth-partnership.org by 5.00pm on Thursday 15th November 2018 telling us why you are best suited for this post.

    Interviews will be held on the following week in Inverness.

  • October 17, 2018

    Consultation on proposed new Special Protection Areas

    Marine Scotland is undertaking a consultation to collect views on whether they have  fully considered the impacts of the 15 proposed Special Protection Areas – one of which is in the Moray Firth –  will have on both the birds they are designed to protect and the wider marine environment. The consultation is open until  9th November and can be viewed at https://consult.gov.scot/marine-scotland/sea-for-15-proposed-special-protection-areas

     

  • October 4, 2018

    More government support to tackle marine plastic pollution

    More support for innovative projects aimed at tackling marine plastic pollution has been announced by Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.

    A total of £1 million – double the initial commitment of £500,000 set out in the Programme for Government – is now available to support solutions in marine plastics capture, collection and recovery.

    This includes funding from Marine Scotland to trial demonstration technologies in Scotland, aimed at addressing the issue of litter sinks and the removal of plastics from our seas. Read More.

  • September 17, 2018

    Amazing news for SCRAPbook and the Moray Firth Partnership

    Following the fantastic reaction to the launch of the coastal litter map (SCRAPbook), the Scottish Government is investing £100,000 in the project.

    The Moray Firth Partnership, with our project partners Sky Watch and MCS, are delighted. We are really proud that the project that started here in the Moray Firth will now map marine litter all around Scotland.

    Announcing the funding, Minister for the Natural Environment Mairi Gougeon said:

    “Supporting projects like SCRAPbook, which is instrumental in helping to reduce coastal waste, directly aligns with the government’s commitment to tackling the threat marine litter poses to Scotland’s environment and coastlines.

    “I’m confident the project’s pioneering work will act as a springboard for other organisations to take action in the ongoing fight against one of this generation’s most critical issues.”

    We would encourage everyone to have a look at the map on SCRAPbook and see where your friends, colleagues or school can help to clean up our fantastic coast.

  • September 7, 2018

    SCRAPbook launched Scotland-wide

    The Moray Firth Partnership is celebrating the official launch of SCRAPbook – Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography –  which involves pilots and observers taking to the skies to photograph areas of the coastline where they spot litter or pollution.  This concept, first devised by the Moray Firth Partnership, has developed into a national collaboration with Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol and the Marine Conservation Society.

    Sky Watch pilots have flown over sections of Scotland’s mainland coast for the last few months taking photographs when they see litter on the coastline. These have been classified by volunteers on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the worst) and uploaded to the online map.

    The map can be used by anyone from local communities and businesses to a kayak club that can help get to those hard to reach areas. Schools, groups, water sports clubs and councils are all being urged to use the website to find out where the worst affected areas are and where efforts need to be focused.

    The launch of SCRAPbook attracted UK media attention reaching more than 23 million people as a result of coverage  on BBC radio and TV and all UK and Scottish newspapers. The BBC Scotland coverage includes the launch video, which you can see here.

    Vicky Junik, manager of the the Moray Firth Partnership said: “We hope that SCRAPbook will become an invaluable tool to everyone tackling the rising tide of marine litter. The easier it is to find out where the litter is, the easier it is to mobilise clean up efforts, and we’ve tried to focus on the less popular or harder to reach parts of the coastline, so we can build a really comprehensive picture of the reality and scale of the challenge; a challenge everyone can help tackle.”

    See the map at www.scrapbook.org.uk

  • August 22, 2018

    MFP Job Vacancy – Admin & Finance Officer

    Part time: 1-2 days per week

    Salary: £23,000 p.a. pro-rata

    Based: Inverness

    Closing date: Noon on Monday 10th September 2018

    A time of transformation is upon the Moray Firth, and the Partnership is at the forefront of planning and developing a sustainable future for the Firth and its communities. We play a unique role as a neutral, independent charity promoting and facilitating collaborative solutions to the marine and coastal challenges faced by the Moray Firth and those living and working here.

    Over the last 12 months, under new management, the Moray Firth Partnership has undertaken a wide-ranging programme of modernisation, investing in systems and processes that will ensure we are ‘fit for purpose’ as we develop our ambitious work programme. 

    We are now seeking an experienced, friendly, and capable individual to join us at this exciting time. Although primarily administrative, the role has a financial element, and scope for development across communications, website and funding. 

    We are looking to further enhance our internal systems so you would need to be well organised, show good initiative and logic, and be a team player.  We are a small but dedicated staff, with a passion to grow the Partnership to deliver fully for the communities and businesses we work with from Wick right round to Fraserburgh.

    This is a permanent post with a six month trial period. 

    If you would like more information on the MFP or this position email info@morayfirth-partnership.org.

    Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities   

    • Administrative support  

    • Provide general administrative support to the MFP Manager and Board;

    • Help organise and minute meetings, and provide secretariat services for other groups supported, such as committees and work groups;

    • Help organise meetings and events.  Some may be held at other locations and involve occasional evening or week-end working;  

    • Maintain the MFP contacts database and information systems – both paper and electronic;

    • Help develop new projects and administer on-going work.
     

    • Financial administration

    • • Help maintain MFP financial records, including processing invoices and payments;  This will include use of Excel spreadsheets – training will be provided if required;
    • • Help with fundraising, grant applications & reports to funders.

    • Communication, education and promotion 

    • Act as first point of contact for public enquiries by phone and email;

    • Disseminate information about the Partnership and the Moray Firth area.  

    Essential Skills

    • Good IT skills – internet, web, email – and competence in using Microsoft Office;

    • High standard of written and spoken English;

        Adaptable and willing to learn new subjects and skills; 

    • Able to work with minimum support;

    • Experienced organiser / administrator; 

    • Friendly & outgoing with a confident telephone manner.

    Desirable Skills

    • Minute taking skills;

    • Book-keeping / financial recording experience / use of spreadsheets;

    • • Report / article writing skills; 

    • Experience of fund-raising.

    To apply for this post please send your CV and a covering statement (no more than 2 pages each) to info@morayfirth-partnership.org before 12noon on Monday 10th September 2018. 

    Interviews will be in the week commencing 17th September 2018.

  • August 9, 2018

    National Whale & Dolphin Watch records wide variety of species

    The Sea Watch Foundation reports that their national whale and dolphin watch has been a great success, with 527 sightings recorded by thousands of volunteer helpers. Fin whale, pilot whale, orcas  and white-sided dolphins were amongst those seen of Scotland. Read more.

  • August 6, 2018

    Young salmon populations to be mapped in national electrofishing survey

    Between July and September biologists and volunteers will carry out electrofishing as a method of capturing and counting fish at more than 800 randomly selected sites across 27 regions. More

  • August 6, 2018

    Current Consultations

    Marine -related consultations:

    1) Consultation on measures for the conservation of pike: seeking views on new potential pike conservation measures. Closing date: 31st August

    2) Improving protection given to Priority Marine Features outside the Marine Protected Area network: seeking views on the scope of the project to improve protection given to Priority Marine Features outside the Marine Protected Area network. Closing date: 31st August

    3) A Deposit Return Scheme for Scotland: seeking views to design a deposit return system that will work well for everyone in Scotland. Closing date: 25th September

    These are all available on the Scottish Government website.

    Wider environment consultation:

    4) Developing an Environment Strategy for Scotland: Discussion Paper: Closing date: 31st August. Find out more.