Emergency tugs rethink needed says OIC

Government plans to end the contract for emergency tug cover in Scotland’s northern waters from September 30 has led to Criticism from OIC convener Stephen Hagan, His opinions are shared by those within the UK government, and from island local authorities and Orkney and Shetland’s MP. Councillor Hagan said: “The UK Government is ignoring concerns […]



Aquacuture Planning Streamline Bid

Combined efforts of the local authorities address aquaculture application and decision-making processes. Shetland  Islands Council’s Planning Service has been working with Argyll and Bute, Western Isles, Orkney and Highland to streamline planning processes for aquaculture so that they match up with the existing land planning system. This includes the introduction of online applications and a […]



Scottish Sea Farms Creates Community Trust

The Heart of the Community Trust has been created by Scottish Sea Farms. Backed by £250,000 investment in 2011 and available for community projects in Shetland, Orkney, Highland, Argyll and Dumfries. Elderly residents of Smiddybrae House in Orkney are the first to benefit from the brand new charitable trust launched in March by Scottish Sea […]



Funding for Scrabster Harbour

A recent article in Fishnewseu.com reports an injection of funds for the redevelopment of Scrabster Harbour. The Scottish Government has agreed to contribute £2.2 million to a funding package of about £20 million for the redevelopment project. The work will include upgrading facilities at the port for existing users, including the fisheries and freight industries, […]



Eating out in Orkney

To find some wonderful places to eat out in Orkney, visit our sister website www.orkney-food-trail.com.



Expanding catch quota trial

World Fishing and Aquaculture reported this week that Scotland is expanding its catch quota trial in a bid to reduce discards.



Lobby to save coastguard stations

The Shetland Times reports that council leaders from Shetland, Orkney, the Western Isles and Highland will travel to London to put the case for closure-threatened stations in Lerwick and Stornoway.



New seal laws mixed response

An article published by Shetland Marine news on 31st January states that the new laws to protect seals in Scotland have met a mixed respose.



Orkney’s Seafood

The cool, clear waters of Orkney are teaming with life and Orcadians enjoy a diverse selection of seafood which is also prized in restaurants around the world.