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 coastal waters around the south of Arran to be designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA.)
Displacement argument used against MPAs
COAST's Andrew Binnie asks who's really being displaced and why?
Under pressure from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) and the Clyde Fishermen's Association (CFA) Marine Scotland looks tempted to water down management measures for the Clyde's 3 proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) including the South Arran MPA. These MPAs have strong public backing, however mobile fishermen (dredgers and bottom trawlers) argue that displacement from MPAs will mean loss of earnings and changes to fishing operations. But who's really being displaced?