Orkney Islands Council
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Marine Planning

We are in time of great change regarding the use and management of local marine resources with many emerging opportunities to empower our local community to deliver sustainable development, protect the marine environment and realise significant economic opportunities.

Marine planning improves our understanding of the distribution of human activities and natural assets, balancing priorities and allocating space to achieve environmental, economic and social objectives. The introduction of marine planning enables a shift from the management of individual marine sectors to a more integrated approach that considers how human activities interact and effect our marine environment.

It is essential that marine resources are appropriately managed if we are to realise the enormous potential for our seas to provide sustainable resources, jobs and wider economic benefits. Many activities such as commercial fishing, renewable energy, tourism, recreation, aquaculture, shipping, and oil and gas all contribute towards this diverse marine-based economy and these need to be properly managed to ensure these benefits are lasting and sustainable.

The Council delivers a range of marine planning and management initiatives. To find out more please see the menu on the left of this page.

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