COAST - Community of Arran Seabed Trust
Arran's MPA attracts over 1200 responses!
Thank YOU and best wishes of the season!
COAST visited Holyrood last month to deliver hand-written Marine Protected Area responses to the Scottish Government. We are delighted with the response. There has been a huge turn out in favour of the Arran MPA.
COAST is recognised as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations and enjoys widespread support on Arran and nationally. We work to ensure shared responsibility for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Firth of Clyde and the diversity of life these waters support.
COAST welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate community support for the Government’s proposed network of 33 Scottish Marine Protected Areas. The network includes 4 much-needed MPAs in the Clyde including the proposed South Arran MPA. COAST's position differs from SNH's management options.
COAST recommends: Only sustainable methods such as creeling, hand diving for scallops and angling should be allowed inside the MPA. All active / towed gear (trawls, dredged and hydraulic methods) should be excluded from the entire proposed South Arran MPA. This will allow regeneration of the seabed and increase the social and economic benifit to the Clyde.
Current SNH management options recommend: Only excluding trawling and dredging from some parts of the proposed MPA (avoiding certain habitats). This would allow damaging trawling to continue within the MPA resulting in 'patch' or 'relic' management in COAST's view. Final management options will be put forward by Marine Scotland for Richard Lochhead's approval.
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COAST has extensive experience in marine conservation and restoration campaigning, demonstrating the rights of the public to a healthy marine environment and taking a leading role in designating Scotland’s first No Take Zone. COAST promotes sustainable marine management, develops marine educational outreach programmes and maintains strong links with Universities to ensure rigorous and independent scientific research.