With a quick, online survey, the Seas of the Outer Hebrides project is seeking your views on how we might best manage our seas for the benefit of people and nature once we have returned to a more normal situation within our communities.

We’d like everyone who lives in the Outer Hebrides to have a say in the future of their seas through this short, online survey, which is available in either English or Gaelic at the project home web page here: http://www.mpa-management.eu/?page_id=892. Everyone’s opinion matters: you don’t need to be an expert on anything marine to participate. It will take not more than about 10 to 15 minutes of your time.

Stornoway-based Seas of the Outer Hebrides Project Officer Charlie Main said: “By completing our survey you will help us better understand how your community values the sea, what the key issues are, and how we might collectively approach making decisions about marine nature conservation in the future. The survey sits alongside the work we are currently doing with key stakeholders including fishing representatives and community groups. The survey results will be key element in reshaping the approach to marine nature conservation in the Outer Hebrides.”

Seas of the Outer Hebrides (SEASOH) is overseen by a partnership of Marine Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, University of the Highlands and Islands and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The core aim of the SEASOH project is to deliver a regional management plan for the Outer Hebrides marine region, putting communities and people at the heart of the process and building consensus on the future management of Marine Protected Areas around the islands.

SEASOH is part of MarPAMM, an EU-funded project to develop tools for monitoring and managing a number of protected coastal marine environments in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Western Scotland.

The seven-partner MarPAMM project is match-funded by the EU Interreg fund and is being delivered by statutory organisations from across Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage), academic institutions (University College Cork; Ulster University; Scottish Association for Marine Science) and a Non-Governmental Organisation with expertise in a relevant field (BirdWatch Ireland).