The coastal environment of Argyll is a varied and complex one where many of the interactions between the natural processes and human activities are not always well understood. Argyll and Bute Council recognises the importance of managing our marine resource in a sustainable manner in order to secure the future of both our natural environment and the economic communities that are dependant on it.
Argyll and Bute Council's Marine and Coastal Development Unit works on a number of projects and initiatives, and also works closely with many external partners and organisations.
What do we do?
The Loch Etive and Loch Fyne Integrated Coastal Zone Managment Project
The Argyll and Bute Council Structure Plan 2002 outlines the Council's objectives for coastal planning and emphasises the necessity of working with all the relevant sectors to fully harness the productive capacity of the marine and coastal area whilst safeguarding its unique environmental qualities, through sustainable development.
The Loch Etive and Loch Fyne Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project(ICZM) is a means of accomplishing this balance for two significant marine areas.
This project is funded by the European Union, Highlands & Islands Partnership Programme, Scottish Natural Heritage The Crown Estate, Argyll & The Islands Community Economic Development Programme and Argyll & Bute Council .
The Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) Sound of Mull Project
The Scottish Sustainable Marine Environment Initiative (SSMEI) Sound of Mull Project aims to develop and deliver more integrated and sustainable management of the marine and coastal areas of the Sound of Mull through the preparation and implementation of a marine spatial plan.
Argyll Marine Natura
Marine Natura is the network of areas designated to conserve natural habitats and species of wildlife, which are rare, endangered or vulnerable in the European Community.
Loch Creran Guide
A comprehensive guide to the Loch Creran Marine Special Area of Conservation has been published by local marine biologist Terry Donovan.
Study of dead marine animals
The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) are currently gathering data on the location and cause of death of marine animals throughout Scotland. They are interested in reports of deal seals, cetaceans, turtles and basking sharks irrespective of the condition of the animal. Photographs of these animals are of particular interest as they can potentially be used to identify the cause of death.