COAST - Community of Arran Seabed Trust
COAST is recognised as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations and enjoys widespread support on Arran and nationally. We work to ensure shared responsibility for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Firth of Clyde and the diversity of life these waters support.
Scotland can demonstrate responsible marine management
In what is a busy and interesting year for Scotland and the UK, it would be easy to miss a potentially significant change in the approach of Marine Scotland and the Scottish Government to the way our seas are managed. While partly driven by EU legislation, there also now appears to be a realisation that the Scottish people and electorate (!) are the main stakeholders in a well-managed marine environment rather than any particular vested interest.
Photo: COAST walks on water for MPAs during a recent visit to Holyrood
In part due to the work of COAST in the Clyde and other pro sustainable-fishing groups, the public are now far more aware of the damage that has been done to marine life and our fisheries and the need for serious reform. It is therefore encouraging to see the Government and Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead beginning to respond to this through parliamentary debates, the proposed network of Marine Protected Areas and the Clyde 2020 summit scheduled later this month.
COAST attends Clyde debate in Holyrood.
Tom Appleby explains why Government's must legally ensure fishing is within sustainable limits.
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COAST has extensive experience in marine conservation and restoration campaigning, demonstrating the rights of the public to a healthy marine environment and taking a leading role in designating Scotland’s first No Take Zone. COAST promotes sustainable marine management, develops marine educational outreach programmes and maintains strong links with Universities to ensure rigorous and independent scientific research.