The Scottish Coastal Forum was formed by the Government, under independent Chairmanship, in November 1996. Its aims are to:
Encourage the formation of local coastal fora providing a point of co-ordination for these, as well as acting as a central point for their views and concerns
Encourage debate on coastal issues at national level
Seek opportunities for better co-ordination of national frameworks and policies
Gather information about approaches to coastal management and disseminate examples of best practice to local fora.
The Scottish Coastal Forum supports nine local coastal fora that cover much of the Scottish Coastline. On the East cost of Scotland the Moray Firth Partnership covers the area from Duncansby Head to Fraserburgh, the East Grampian Coastal Partnership covers from Fraserburgh to the River North Esk, by St Cyrus, the Tay Estuary Forum covers from the River North Esk to Fifeness, whilst the Forth Estuary Forum covers the area from Fifeness to Dunbar.