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).
The second of February marked the end of Marine Scotland's consultation on management proposals for Scotland's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), including the South Arran MPA. Thank you to all our supporters who took the time to respond to the consultation!
New Government report suggests mobile fishing in our inshore waters is constraining Scotland’s economic growth
COAST welcomes the arrival of an economic assessment for the management of the Scottish inshore fisheries suggesting that the exclusion of high impact fishing methods such as trawling and dredging within 3 miles could have huge economic benefits for the majority of Scotland’s coastal communities.
Rather than creating employment in the South West and East Coast, the current deployment of mobile gear is constraining economic and employment growth. The Scottish Government’s report states that; “Scotland could create more jobs and generate an excess of economic benefits by imposing a 0-3 NM restriction on the use of mobile gear”.