News & Updates

Please note, for full news and updates about the work of FIMETI and Fair Isle's marine environment and resource please see FIMETI's annual Newsletter 'Making Waves'



'Sea Area Fair Isle' Booklet Now Available for Purchase..
18 May 2024

We are pleased to announce that the recently published 'Sea Area Fair Isle' booklet (written by Nick Riddiford and Kerri Whiteside) is now available for purchase by those visiting the following outlets: 

Stackhoull Stores (Fair Isle)

George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum (Fair Isle)

Sumburgh Hotel GIft Shop

Sumburgh Lighthouse Gift Shop

The Shetland Times Bookshop (Lerwick)

The Orcadian Bookshop (Kirkwall)

It is also possible to place a Mail Order for this booklet at The Orcadian Bookshop. (Price £15 plus P&P).

Income from sales of the above booklet goes to the Fair Isle Marine Research Organisation (FIMRO) to further their work.


Launch of The Fair Isle Marine Research Organisation (FIMRO) New Website..
18 May 2024

March 2024 saw the launch of FIMRO's new website.

Here FIMRO share their story and provide updates on how they are achieving their marine research aims. The website also provides information about the Fair Isle DR MPA, including research updates and outputs. 

If you would like to learn more about FIMRO as an organisation and the Fair Isle DP MPA please visit FIMRO's website.

18 March 2024


The Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative achieved its primary purpose in 2016 with the declaration of a Marine Protected Area for Fair Isle waters. This was of course only a beginning and it was clear that a shared approach, still led by the Fair Isle community but drawing in other interested parties, was the way forward, backed up by a firm legal structure. The Fair Isle Marine Research Organisation (FIMRO), a body with charitable status, was born.


The main purpose of FIMRO is to demonstrate to the wider world the impact coastal communities can have on sustainable management of their marine resource; and to support this by building on a research programme already under way. In this respect, it met the Scottish government’s Marine Act (2015) category of Demonstration and Research MPA. In 2016 Fair Isle became the first DR MPA for Scotland and a world-wide pioneer in this form of marine management.


The recently published 'Sea Area Fair Isle' booklet is not just a final fair well from FIMETI but fits neatly into the Demonstration and Research envelope, thus creating a bridge to FIMRO as well as an early document for the new initiative.




'Sea Area Fair Isle' can be purchased by Mail Order from The Orcadian Bookshop (price £15 plus p&p).

For those visiting Fair Isle, the booklet is available at Stackhoull Stores and George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum.

It can also be purchased by visiting at The Shetland Times Bookshop in Lerwick and the Gift Shops at Sumburgh Hotel and Sumburgh Lighthouse, and The Orcadian Bookshop in Kirkwall.. 

Income from the sales goes to the Fair Isle Marine Research Organisation (FIMRO) to further their work.

18 March 2024

Sea Area Fair Isle: that’s a familiar phrase to all who follow the radio’s Shipping Forecasts. It is also the title of a booklet now at the printers.


'Sea Area Fair Isle' - 38 page publication is a tribute to the Fair Isle community’s intrinsic dependence on the sea through the millennia, and the community’s efforts – past and present – to ensure that this vital resource is safeguarded for the generations to come. It describes how impacts on that resource have focused community minds and explores the factors behind the ensuing changes, which have accelerated in recent times. Finally, it looks to the future and the positive steps being taken to demonstrate to the wider world the huge cultural, economic and environmental values the seas bring to this small Isle.


'Sea Area Fair Isle' is sponsored by the Williamson family, written by Nick J Riddiford and Kerri Whiteside and is a final addition to a series published over the last twenty years by the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI).


The other booklets in this series were: Fishing Traditions of Fair Isle by Emma Perring, Standing into Danger: Shipwrecks of Fair Isle by Anne Sinclair, Exploring the Coasts and Shores of Fair Isle by Elizabeth Riddiford, and the three-language (Norwegian, English, Swedish) titles En Smack av Nord/A Taste of the North/Smakbitar Från Norr and Håndverk/Handwork/Hantverk edited by Anne Sinclair – all now Out of Print.

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