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Marine Scotland: Science (formerly Fisheries Research Services) was established as a division of Marine Scotland (a Scottish Government directorate) on April 1 2009. Its purpose is to provide expert scientific and technical advice on marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, and the protection of the aquatic environment and its wildlife. This advice informs the policies and regulatory activities of the Scottish Government. Marine Scotland: Science comprises two principal laboratories, the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen and the Freshwater Laboratory near Pitlochry. The Pitlochry lab contributes to ECN monitoring.

Fisheries research in Scotland dates from 1882, when the Fishery Board for Scotland was established. In 1898 the Board established a marine laboratory and hatchery at the Bay of Nigg in Aberdeen. The Freshwater Laboratory originated as the Brown Trout Research Laboratory at Faskally in 1948.

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