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Guidance on recording and conserving Scotland's underwater heritage
What can I do to help?We encourage public appreciation of, and involvement in the recording and conservation of the underwater heritage.
What should I do if I find an object or wreck that I think may be of historic importance?
What obligations do I have?If you do intend to recover any objects of historic interest from the seabed using a vessel, vehicle, structure or floating container (including lifting bags), you should enquire with Marine Scotland’s licensing operations team (MS-LOT) as to whether a marine license is required. All wreck material recovered from the seabed, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, must also be reported to the Receiver of Wreck under the terms of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
Historic Environment Scotland
Edinburgh EH5 3EH
Tel: +44 (0) 131 668 8600