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14 June 2014

After much hard work, we are pleased to announce the re-launch of our Fair Isle Marine Environment & Tourism Initiative website.

Our new-look FIMETI website now has a new Home Page with a drop-down menu system which makes navigation of the site much easier and has allowed more flexibility with regard to amount and range of content. This has also made the Main Menu bar shorter in length and gives a better look to the website as a whole.

Additions to the website are a Research Facilities page on the revised Main Menu bar (with drop downs to Fair Isle Bird Observatory and Fair Isle Wildlife Club), as well as a new section on Weather and Climate (including Climate, Fair Isle Weather Station, Monitoring Climate Change, and Northern Isles 10-Day Weather Forecast).

There are now also drop-down sections on the existing subjects of About FIMETI, MPA Proposal, News & Publications & Fair Isle’s Maritime Resource.

A marine-related Fair Isle Map page (sourced from ‘Exploring the Coasts and Shores of Fair Isle’ booklet by Elizabeth Riddiford) is also available.

The website now also includes more about the Isle, covering the Tourism aspect of FIMETI, with an About Fair Isle drop-down section.

This has its own dedicated pages on Island, Community and Culture, George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum, Special Fair Isle Events (leading to pages on Da Fishing Hands’ Music Premiere, Fair Isle Maritime Festival and Cape Farewell Project, Music Events in 2012, and Tall Ships Event in 2011), Authentic Fair Isle Knitwear, and finally - Where to Stay and Getting to Fair Isle

A new Fair Isle on Film page has links to Fair Isle-related videos, films and documentaries, including some excellent videos made by Liz Musser with the Fair Isle Primary School children.

The Research Facilities at Fair Isle Bird Observatory page has text and photos sourced from the Fair Isle MPA proposal. This FIBO information is followed by other research and monitoring-related links within the FIMETI website and a note of where FIBO seabird data can be accessed.

The Fair Isle Wildlife Club page has some nice photos of marine fauna and reports of its finds and activities over the past few years.

Aim of the new website…

The FIMETI website now has more strength and depth on monitoring climate change and data sets, as well as Fair Isle maritime history and culture, and will hopefully be a better resource for decision-makers, potential tourists and people with an interest in Fair Isle alike.

The FIMETI website ( is now a very useful and comprehensive information and resource tool which can be referred to by yourselves and others when helping to promote Fair Isle, the work of FIMETI & the MPA proposal, etc.

We hope you will find it both useful and interesting to explore.

The more we can spread the word, the better. So please give the updated website another plug on your Facebook page/website and/or blog and mention it to friends, family and visitors. A Tweet about the website might also be good way to help spread the word. Hopefully we will all benefit and your help will be very much appreciated.

A new FIMETI Facebook page is being worked on at present and, all being well, this is expected to be available shortly.

Many thanks for your interest and support.

Elizabeth Riddiford, FIMETI webmaster.

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