The programme, which includes partners such as ORCA, JNCC and Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust, will promote the marine environment on the west coast of Scotland.
ORCA team members attended the launch of the CalMac Marine Awareness Programme this week at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban, Scotland.
The project aims to promote and protect the marine environment in the west coast of Scotland, across the rich and diverse habitats covered by the CalMac Ferry network.
Organisations including ORCA, Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust, JNCC and WDC are involved, and will be working together to deliver innovative citizen science programmes and impactful community outreach work.
ORCA's brand new survey routes in the region, as well as the work being done by Andy Gilbert in his new role as our Wildlife Officer in the Hebrides, will be supporting the programme throughout 2018 and beyond.
The launch event included speakers such as Robbie Drummond, Managing Director at CalMac Ferries, Klare Chamberlain, CalMac's Environment Manager, and Mark Lewis from JNCC. ORCA Head of Science & Conservation, Lucy Babey, also gave an outline of ORCA's survey programme and Andy Gilbert introduced himself and his work in the area.
The news comes off of the back of important work in the region to help protect whales, dolphins and other sea life, with new marine protected areas being advanced by the Scottish government.