Orkney Marine Environment Project

The Orkney Marine Environment Project will improve the availability and accessibility of marine environmental, social and economic data for the purposes of marine planning, management, education and awareness raising. The key output from the project is a State of the Environment Assessment for the Orkney Islands marine region to 12 nautical miles.

The project is being taken forward by our Marine Environmental Planner working within the OIC Development and Marine Planning team. It will provide the foundation for the sustainable management of the region’s marine and coastal resources, establishing a baseline against which future marine planning will be monitored and evaluated. The project helps to engage stakeholders and build relationships to facilitate information gathering and knowledge exchange. Marine information will be made available and accessible to a wide variety of audiences including businesses, schools, higher and further education institutions, Community Learning & Development and the wider community.

For further information please contact:

Rebecca Kavanagh, Marine Environmental Planner, Development and Marine Planning team, Email: rebecca.kavanagh@orkney.gov.uk or telephone: 01856873535 extension 2531.


The Orkney Marine Environment Project aims to determine the baseline state of the ecological, economic and social aspects of Orkney’s marine waters out to twelve nautical miles. The project is the first stage in regional marine planning for Orkney; further developments on this should be announced soon. We are looking for your participation to help determine key issues to be addressed in topic sheets that will be produced after determining these key issues. It is important for us to gather the thoughts and opinions of everyone in Orkney, we want to know what the sea means to you. Please fill out the questionnaire as either an individual member of the community, a business or both should this apply.

You can save the required questionnaire available from the ‘Related Downloads section of this page, complete it and email it in to rebecca.kavanagh@orkney.gov.uk or send by post to:

Rebecca Kavanagh, Marine Environmental Planner (Development and Marine Planning), Development and Infrastructure, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.

The closing date for questionnaires is 24 November 2019.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

Email: customerservice@orkney.gov.uk

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