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Nature in Shetland

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This page is not an official source of information for SOTEAG.

The Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group (SOTEAG) was formed in 1977 as a successor to the Sullom Voe Environmental Advisory Group. SOTEAG waswestablished to carry out wide-ranging environmental baseline surveys in order to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment for Sullom Voe Terminal.

To give SOTEAG scientific integrity, it was given an independent Chairman and Secretary, based at the University of Aberdeen, and its membership includes central government departments and local interests. The late Professor George Dunnet of Aberdeen University was Chairman of SOTEAG from its instigation until his death in 1995, and the post has remained with the Zoology Dept. of the University with the current chair, Professor William Mordue.

SOTEAG's work in Shetland includes monitoring of breeding seabirds, measuring breeding productivity and population levels, monitoring of wintering seabirds, ducks, grebes and divers and co-ordinating the monthly Beached Bird Surveys, which are carried out by SOTEAG staff and a team of volunteers. The monitoring breeding seabirds is acknowledged as one one of the most thorough and comprehensive in Europe. Much of this work has been carried out by Martin Heubeck, who has been employed by SOTEAG in Shetland since 1977.

SOTEAG also oversees a Wildlife Response Co-ordination Committee to co-ordinate the response of local and national conservation and animal welfare organisations in the event of a major oil spill, such as the Braer.


For more information on SOTEAG, click here.


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