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beach_cleans.jpg (32968 bytes)The purpose of this Initiative is to establish the long term protection and sustainable management of the marine resources around Fair Isle, to the mutual benefit of the community of Fair Isle, users of the marine area and for the education and enjoyment of visitors.

Fair Isle's maritime environment is extremely rich, both at the natural environment and the human community level.  The two aspects are inextricably linked, and a threat to the first has serious implications for the second.  The Fair Isle community has witnessed an erosion of that richness and is concerned that, without concerted action now, the resource will be devalued or lost altogether.

        Project participants and supporters are:

The people of Fair Isle through the Fair Isle Community Association

The Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust

The Shetland Amenity Trust

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

The Seawatch Foundation

The North Atlantic Fisheries College

Shetland Museum

The Scottish Institute of Maritime Studies

The National Trust for Scotland

Scottish Natural Heritage

The British Oceanographic Data Centre

The Shetland Fishermen’s Association

The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen

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                            the most southerly island of the Shetland group (the northernmost islands of the British Isles) lies approximately 25 kilometres south-south-west of Sumburgh Head at the southern end of the Shetland mainland, and approximately the same distance north-east of North Ronaldsay (the most northerly of the Orkney islands).

The present population, of what is one of Britain's most isolated inhabited island, is around 70. There are eighteen crofts ranging in size from 3 to 20 hectares. As well as traditional crofting activities islanders are involved in many other forms of remunerative activity.

The climate is oceanic in nature. In winter the weather is generally mild and often stormy. The summers are cool, damp and - at times - foggy and often breezy.

Throughout its recent history Fair Isle has always given a warm welcome to visitors mand to this end the island is well served with a modern ferry, based on the island and crewed by islanders. This, together with modern harbour facilities, means that - even in winter - the island is very rarely cut-off from the Shetland mainland for longer than a week to ten days.

There is also a regular air link to Shetland - more frequent in summer - operated by Loganair using eight-seat ‘Islander’ aircraft.

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Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative

For further information please visit FIMETI's website which now contains lots more background information, news, events and photographs, including all the latest MPA news and updates in FIMETI's annual newsletter MAKING WAVES





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Last modified: February 05, 2002