Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan


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The aim of the Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan (SIRMP) is to manage the marine environment in Shetland in a sustainable way to have clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas, managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and the people.

The SIRMP is a policy and data framework which aims to provide clear guidance and evidence to support a wide range of marine decisions throughout Shetland. The SIRMP was created by the Shetland Marine Planning Partnership (Shetland UHI and Shetland Islands Council) with the support of an Advisory Group.

The Marine Spatial Planning Team have led the development of marine spatial planning in Shetland using scientific data to underpin its policies, recognising the equal value of economic, environmental, and social factors in maintaining a healthy marine environment.

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How Marine Planning Benefits Shetland

How Marine Planning Benefits Shetland

Marine planning aims to protect species and habitats whilst creating opportunities for economic growth and safeguarding community interests. Some Shetland examples can be found below:

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Shetland Marine Planning Partnership

Shetland Marine Planning Partnership

The partnership consists of Shetland UHI and Shetland Islands Council. The development of the SIRMP is guided by an Advisory Group. The Terms of reference and Advisory Group Membership can be downloaded here:

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SIRMP Additional Documents

SIRMP Additional Documents

The Shetland Ministerial Direction and our Statement of Public Participation is available here:

The Advisory Group meets regularly, meeting minutes and agendas are available for download here:


Shetland UHI would like to acknowledge the financial support of Marine Scotland and the Shetland Islands Council in developing regional marine planning in the Shetland Islands.

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