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 effective management of the designated South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA).
Arran's MPA set for success - February 2017 Newsletter
Local folk love their Marine Protected Area!When underwater photographer Richard Shucksmith visited us a few months ago he was impressed with Arran's sea life, but even more with local people's knowledge and support of Arran's No Take Zone (NTZ) and Marine Protected Area (MPA):
"Getting ready for a dive on the pier I was approached by a local lady who kindly explained the COAST story to me and that I needed to be aware of the NTZ. I soon realised that the social impact of the NTZ and MPA has been just as important as its natural impact. The local community sees the NTZ as their own and a great way to promote healthy seas".
December newsletter: Community flotilla against fish farm expansion
Value of Islands and Community Empowerment Acts called into question
Last week Arran residents set sail to oppose the expansion of the St Molios fish farm. Despite freezing weather, over 50 people gathered on the beach in Lamlash and boarded a flotilla of craft including kayaks, RIBs and the Clyde Marine Mammal Project yacht. A photo shoot of the event was reported in the Scotsman as well as widely on social media.