Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI)

The Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI) is a Fair Isle community-led initiative in partnership with Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust and The National Trust for Scotland.

The purpose of the 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.

More information is available on the FIMETI website.


We are really pleased that the Scottish Government has announced its support for the proposal for Fair Isle to become a Demonstration & Research Marine Protected Area, recognising the importance to marine life of the waters around the Isle. Fair Isle's seabird colonies are very well known as amongst the best in the British Isles although in the last 25 years they have experienced several periods of food shortage partly from over-fishing of sandeel and latterly from climate change effects on the sandeel populations. Besides seabirds, there are also Grey Seals, Common Seals, and several species of cetacean – notably Minke Whale, Killer Whale, White-sided Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise regularly seen in its coastal waters. The proposal is to offer protection to Fair Isle waters out to 5 km from the shore.

The Fair Isle community has long campaigned for this with support from Fair Isle Bird Observatory. Members of the public are now being asked to give their views on this proposal as part of a public consultation which opened on 1st March, 2016 and which runs until 24th May, 2016. Full details, including links to the public consultation itself, can be found on the FIMETI (Fair Isle Marine Environment & Tourism Initiative) website.

If you want to explore the natural wealth of Fair Isle then we highly recommend watching this inspirational five minute film from Liz Musser.

The consultation is the Scottish Government’s means of gauging public opinion. FIMETI and FIBO have worked very hard to get to this stage but a strong response in favour is needed to demonstrate support. We urge you to send that message by engaging in the consultation. It is not very long or complicated. Please share with other friends and supporters of Fair Isle and/or add the website link to your own website.

Thank you very much for your interest and support for FIMETI and the Fair Isle community.