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).
Come along and celebrate with us! We'll be sharing and discussing plans and ideas for this exciting new project for Arran! Tea and cake for all!
Tribute to Tom Vella-Boyle - Community Marine Environmentalist
Tom Vella-Boyle - Community Marine Environmentalist
Born: June 3 1944
Died: December 10 2016
Tom Boyle was born on June 3 1944 in Piddinghoe on the South Coast of England, the son of a merchant seaman, who was decorated in World War II for his service in the Royal Navy under the command of Sir Peter Scott on Motor Torpedo Boat 755 in the English Channel.
He joined British Rail and rose through the ranks over a period of over thirty years to become Station Master of Brighton Railway station and several other smaller stations. It was in this role he was responsible for the safe travel of thousands of commuters every day and met and welcomed many famous people of the day, including Queen Elizabeth II, politicians such as Henry Kissinger, astronaut Neil Armstrong and many, many others.
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.