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).
COAST urges the Government to recognise that MPAs must exclude scallop dredging and bottom trawling if MPAs are are to live up to their name.To support the Arran MPA please write to your MSP, MP and Marine Scotland demanding that mobile gear is banned from our Marine Protected Area.
COAST wins Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation
Urges Scottish Government to effectively manage marine protected areas
Lamlash, Arran: The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) has been awarded the 2014 RSPB Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation. Recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations, COAST has been acknowledged for its outstanding success in promoting sustainable marine management around the isle of Arran. The Marine Conservation Award is sponsored by Marine Scotland.
COAST led a 13-year campaign for the establishment of Scotland’s first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay in 2008 and a three-year campaign for the establishment of a marine protected area (MPA) around the whole of the south of the island of Arran. The South Arran MPA, the only entirely community-led marine protected area in Scotland, was designated by the Scottish Government, alongside 29 others on 24 July 2014.
Andrew Binnie, COAST Manager, said: “Arran and COAST have been at the forefront of community-led marine conservation for nearly 20 years. During that time we have established Scotland's first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay and just this summer, the South Arran Marine Protected Area. We are thrilled to have our work recognised by this prestigious award. However, we are not done yet.