COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
A group of children from Fair Isle Primary have been learning all about their own Marine Protected Area and how it will impact on the isle's people and environment.
They chose a few marine species to research, some of which have their own Fair Isle names. The beautiful posters and pictures below show some of these species.
For more information about the Fair Isle MPA please visit the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI)
Time to embrace sustainable alternatives
Little has been said during this election about one of the biggest issues facing coastal communities - the health of the marine environment. Ironically, only Donald Trump has succeeded in putting the environment in the headlines - but only by withdrawing from the Paris Accord on climate change! That is bad enough, but we now need to watch out for the UK Government using Brexit as an opportunity to retract from important EU marine legislation.
In Scotland, under devolved powers, there is an opportunity for political parties to make a strong economic and environmental case for two progressive marine management measures. We urge them now and in the future to support a new three mile limit on dredging and bottom trawling in favour of hand diving and creeling - this will be better for the environment, local communities and Scotland's coffers. Fish farms on the other hand need to use closed-containment systems. Scandinavia is leading the way on both issues. Inshore dredging is largely prohibited and Norway has just announced it will put a stop to open-cage farms. These measures can be implemented and would benefit us all.
Read the full newsletter here.
Local folk love their Marine Protected Area!When underwater photographer Richard Shucksmith visited us a few months ago he was impressed with Arran's sea life, but even more with local people's knowledge and support of Arran's No Take Zone (NTZ) and Marine Protected Area (MPA):
"Getting ready for a dive on the pier I was approached by a local lady who kindly explained the COAST story to me and that I needed to be aware of the NTZ. I soon realised that the social impact of the NTZ and MPA has been just as important as its natural impact. The local community sees the NTZ as their own and a great way to promote healthy seas".
Community celebrates first steps towards Arran’s Marine Discovery Centre
COAST opened the doors of the Old Pavilion in Lamlash last Friday to celebrate its new ownership with the community. Representatives from Visit Arran, Arran High School and the Outdoor Education Centre as well as many businesses, community groups and residents had a chance to visit the building and discuss future plans for the Marine Discovery Centre.