We are in a time of great change regarding the use and management of local marine resources. There are many emerging opportunities to empower our local communities 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 where appropriate 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.
Our seas and coast have enormous potential to provide sustainable resources, jobs and wider social, economic and environmental benefits for Orkney’s communities. Commercial fishing, renewable energy, aquaculture, zero-carbon fuels, oil and gas, shipping and tourism all play an important role within Orkney’s diverse marine economy. Marine planning supports the sustainable management of these activities, safeguarding the environment, maximising the associated benefits and reducing potential conflict between marine users.
OIC Marine Planning Updates can be accessed via the ‘Related Downloads (PDF format)' below, along with a short presentation on the purpose, scope and plan-making process for the Orkney Islands Regional Marine Plan. This updated presentation was given to local communities in the Spring/Summer of 2022.
The Council delivers a range of marine planning and management initiatives. To find out more please visit: