- April 12, 2019
Keeping our coastline clean! – Highland Park
Thanks to support from Highland Park, Orkney is set to become the first Scottish island to be photographed from the air in a project that will help local communities tackle the global problem of coastal litter.
Helen Houston said “As chairman of the Moray Firth Partnership, I am really chuffed that this new partnership with the world renowned Highland Park was confirmed in Orkney this week. The MFP SCRAPbook team is now looking forward to working with the Highland Park team to engage with the community to enable the clean up of the coast around the Orkney Islands after the Sky Watch pilots have finished photo mapping the coastline.”
- April 8, 2019
New office, new staff
Our new address is:
Fairways Business Park
INVERNESS IV2 6AA
Tel: 01463 251727
Welcome to new staff
We have 4 new members of staff join the Moray Firth Partnership and SCRAPbook project:
Sally Tapp, as our Engagement Officer focusing on social and national media and engaging groups and individuals across the country to use the litter map for targeted clean up efforts.
Susan Marshall and Jamie Joyce have taken up the Marine Litter Officer roles, based in Oban, to really try and target the worst of the marine litter along the Argyll coastline.
(All 3 posts come courtesy of the £100,000 investment by Marine Scotland).
Sarah Hartley is our new part-time Administrator, she will be keeping us organised and will be your first point of contact on the phone or by email.
- March 29, 2019
EU votes to ban single use plastic by 2021
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed recently in the EU Parliament’s environment committee.
Under the draft plans from the committee, single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from 2021.
MEPs have added to the list very lightweight plastic bags, products made of oxo-degradable plastics and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene. Read more
- March 18, 2019
Dolphin movement study
Understanding the seasonal and daily pattern of movement of dolphins in the Moray Firth is vital in ensuring that they are properly protected. This resarch found that, for example, dolphins tend to become nocturnal feeders in autumn – perhaps following the herring shoals. The fact that they become nocturnal feeders, means that their presence is likely to be unrecorded – leading to mitigation advice, such as dredging in autumn, that may not be appropriate.
Read more about this valuable research.
- February 28, 2019
Film competition : Why invest in Nature?
Scottish Natural Heritage are running a short film contest for people aged 16-30 about why businesses should invest in nature. Find out more about the competition and the prizes on offer here.
- February 11, 2019
Coastal spring clean
Details of the Keep Scotland Beautiful Spring Clean, which will be looking to clean up along river tributaries as well as the coast, can be found here.
- February 5, 2019
Two Marine Litter Officers sought
Following additional investment, SCRAPbook is developing engagement and clean-up activities, focusing initially in north Argyll. We now need a team of two dynamic, engaging and collaborative individuals to join us and help develop the next exciting phase of the project.
Full time post for 12 months
Salary : £20,000 pa
Closing date: Thursday, 21st February 2019
- February 5, 2019
Scottish government renews pledge to bottle deposit scheme
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has reiterated the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme as part of plans to further tackle plastic waste as she visited Coca-Cola in East Kilbride. Read More
- January 28, 2019
EU nears agreement on single use plastic ban
A plan to ban single-use plastic products such as disposable plates and straws has been agreed. EU member states and the EU parliament still have to give the provisional agreement the go-ahead. Read more
- January 27, 2019
Renewing the pledge to deposit return
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has reiterated the Scottish Government’s pledge to introduce a deposit return scheme as part of plans to further tackle plastic waste. Read more