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).
Call to action for COAST supporters - investigation of Berta Cáceres assasination
Please share this post and get your local MP to sign the motion.
A year ago this week six recipients from all corners of the globe, along with their families, met in San Francisco, and Washington DC to receive the 2015 Goldman prize. This brings back great memories but also great sadness that of the those six only five survive today. Berta Cáceras from Honduras was murdered on the 3rd of March. Initially there was despair and a feeling of helplessness followed by a determination to ensure that we in the UK do all we can to try to
stop the murder of human rights and environmental campaigners in Honduras. Everyone in the UK can help in a small way. You can check to see if your constituency MP has signed this Early Day Motion at Westminster. If they haven't, send them an e-mail or tweet asking them to do so. If they have you could also send them an e-mail or tweet thanking them for doing so. The UK Government needs to join other countries in publicly denouncing these murders and pressuring the Honduran President to a proper independent enquiry.
There are 650 MPs at Westminster, surely we can get at least 10% of them to sign this motion.
Party politics should not come into this issue, it's about basic human rights. The EDM has been primary sponsored by Patricia Gibson because she is my constituency MP.
Thank you in advance
2015 International Goldman prize Recipient Europe.
April Newsletter: Will election candidates support inclusive marine governance?
Marine Discovery Centre plans take off
The Arran Banner have published today a full feature on the Marine Protected Area celebration and plans for a new Marine Discovery Centre on Arran.
Feedback from the community and visitor surveys have confirmed the demand for this discovery centre which will educate and enthuse locals and visitors about Arran's marine environment and activities. It will also be a marine research hub and allow us to keep campaigning for healthy and productive seas for all.
We are now asking COAST supporters for their ideas (just send us an email) and to raise funds (here is our donations page) to make the Marine Discovery Centre a unique, innovative & fun asset, where the community will play a central role.
Please have a look at our KIPPER guide to learn how to report any illegal fishing in the South Arran Marine Protected Area.
February Newsletter: Islanders celebrate birth of South Arran MPA
Marine Protected Areas welcomed by communities, progressive fishermen and eNGOs
Representatives from coastal communities, scallop divers, sea anglers and conservation organisations showed their passion and support for MPAs at Holyrood last month, coinciding with a Rural Affairs Committee debate on the future of MPAs. To the delight of thousands of MPA supporters on Arran and throughout Scotland, the committee voted against a motion to annul MPAs by Jamie McGrigor (cons) MSP by seven votes to two. Read the full editorial and COAST February newsletter here