Welcome to COAST
We are a community organisation working for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Clyde.
We aim to:
• improve the local marine environment for the benefit of everyone
• help sustain the livelihood of those dependent on fishing and tourism
• increase the popularity of the area as a diving site and tourist destination
• educate future generations on the need for marine conservation.
COAST is recognised worldwide as one the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations. We were responsible for the establishment of Scotland’s first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay.
We are now campaigning for the complete exclusion of trawlers and dredgers from the newly designated south Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA).
Scotland's coastal communities deserve ambition, not scare stories
The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead, has a public duty to be 'ambitious' for Scotland's coastal communities and marine environment. Yet interests promoting the controversial practices of scallop dredging and bottom trawling are attacking him for using this word in relation to what are actually very modest Marine Protected Area (MPA) management proposals.
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COAST MPA Press Release: Dredger ban for South Arran
Dredger ban for South Arran Marine Protected Area and other west coast MPAs: COAST congratulates Richard Lochhead on listening to coastal communities, marine scientists and economists.
In a broadly welcome statement Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, announced yesterday that a Marine Conservation Order (MCO) will be put before parliament this week setting out conservation measures including banning the highly destructive practice of scallop dredging within the South Arran Marine Protected Area and other west coast MPAs. COAST has campaigned hard to end this damaging activity in Arran’s MPA which was designated in 2014 and we congratulate the Minister on listening to coastal communities, marine scientists and economists on this issue.
Mr Happy even happier!
COAST congratulates our tireless and normally not too grumpy Chair, Howard Wood on his OBE. Howard was awarded the Goldman Prize for Europe in April earning him a spot in the Independent’s ‘Happy’ list. We are absolutely delighted to learn that he has now been honoured with an OBE for his dedicated work through COAST to community-based marine conservation and restoration.
Howard says " I am delighted to receive this honour from the Queen. It recognises the work done by everyone involved in COAST and would not have been possible without the widespread community support both on Arran and farther afield."
Howard also told COAST he intends to remain a thorn in the side of the marine establishment until our inshore waters receive adequate protection.
Time for a wee dram!