The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment addressed the Clyde 2020 summit, held by Marine Scotland, in 2014. The event brought together a wide range of stakeholders as a vital part of the process of defining both a vision and objectives for the Clyde.
The Clyde 2020 initiative brings together existing activity and builds on that through new action - both scientific research and practical measures - to improve the marine ecosystem of the Clyde.
The first meeting of the Clyde 2020 stakeholder steering group was held in February 2015 and there have been regular meetings since then. The Group developed a vision for the Clyde 2020 and an Action Plan, which will be published shortly.
The Vision for Clyde 2020 is:
"The Firth of Clyde is a healthy and thriving marine ecosystem that is capable of adapting and mitigating for the challenges of climate change and supports sustainable fishing, tourism, leisure and other sustainable developments while offering protection to the most fragile species and habitats. This will enhance the quality of life for local communities and contribute to a diverse and sustainable economy for the West of Scotland."
A Science Sub-Group has also been established to help implement the Action Plan and will report to the Clyde 2020 Steering Group. In addition, three PhD research projects are progressing, part funded by Marine Scotland. These are focussing on an oceanographic computer model of the Clyde, understanding nursery areas for white fish in the Clyde, and understanding more about the food chain that supports white fish in the Clyde.
More information can be found on the Firth of Clyde Forum webpage.