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We play a unique role as a neutral, independent charity promoting and facilitating sustainable solutions to the marine and coastal challenges faced by the Moray Firth and its communities. We bring together a wide range of interested parties to encourage joint working, shared understanding, and developing long-term solutions.
"When Peter Mackintosh gave me a call, thanks to Catherine Gemmell lining him and I up, it was a match made in heaven... I had a plan to map the coastal rubbish and pollution around our 500miles of coastline and he had a plane! The Sky Watch crew here in the north have been instrumental in developing this idea into one that could work right around Scotland. They have volunteered many, many hours working through the test sorties, the equipment, techniques, really getting this amazing project on its feet. MFP is very proud to be part of that and we hope to bring on board all our fellow local coastal partnerships from around Scotland."
Vicky Junik, Manager
Moray Firth Partnership
The UK Civil Air Patrol (legacy name Sky Watch) volunteers provide strictly humanitarian airborne assistance and is intended to support communities and the environment. Sky Watch has aircraft, pilots and observers based all over Scotland who operate from numerous permanent airfields. This ensures maximum flexibility and reduces transit time by air to the scene of assistance.
“Our pilots get a unique view of the country's coastline. We fly sorties for many different reasons and are always dismayed by the volume of litter we see floating in our waters or landing on beaches. SCRAPbook is an exciting opportunity for us to offer our skills and experience to really start to understand and tackle the scale of the challenge we all face.
We hope it will raise awareness of how much litter is around our coasts and enable more to be done about removing it and preventing it from getting there in the first place. By joining forces with MCS and MFP, we’re confident we can inspire and encourage a strong Scotland-wide response.”
Archie Liggat, Sky Watch Chairman
UK Civil Air Patrol
The Marine Conservation Society is the UK charity dedicated to protecting our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment. MCS has a dedicated Scotland conservation programme based from our Edinburgh office.
"With nearly 10,000 kilometres making up Scotland's mainland coast we know there are many stretches of beach that our volunteers have not been able to survey yet . SCRAPbook will enable Scotland’s amazing volunteers to see where there are beaches that have yet to be cleaned and surveyed which will lead to a more robust evidence base of what and how much is being washed up on Scotland's shores.
"From the 5p carrier bag charge to the commitment for a Deposit Return System Scotland has seen how much power data on beach litter can have – this project will provide an entirely new dataset that will be crucial to highlight to government and industry what steps we need to take next to stop this plastic tide hitting Scotland's shores."