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The Moray Firth is a roughly triangular area of the North Sea, north and east of Inverness. It is the largest firth in Scotland, stretching from Duncansby Head in the north, to Fraserburgh in the east, to the Beauly Firth and Inverness in the west. It has more than 800 kilometres (about 500 miles) of coastline, much of which is cliffs.
It is also an important oil field and fishing grounds. The Beatrice oil field in the Outer Moray Firth is the closest of the North Sea oil fields; it is also the (as of 2004) planned home for a 200-turbine deep-water wind farm. Much of the fishing industry focuses on scallops and Norway lobsters.
The Inner Moray Firth is a designated as a Special Protection Area for wildlife conservation purposes.
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