COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS WAS 15/03/2018
Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST launch a new Marine Learning and Activity Hub (The Octopus Centre) on the shores of Arran’s community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area? We are looking for 2 volunteers to assist in centre management and visitor experience, communications and outreach during the spring and summer.
Coastal communities turning the tide
As Fiona Gell recently wrote in The Guardian, it is ordinary people who are driving the future of conservation, the government is recognising this, and starting to listen to what coastal communities have to say.
SEPA’s CEO Terry A'Hearn and Aquaculture Specialist Mike Montague accepted our public invitation on social media to visit COAST this month. During a full day of discussion there were many straight questions from members of our community about SEPA's regulatory role and the proposed expansion of Lamlash Bay Salmon Farm. Terry later stated: "Great day with community members. Loved their enthusiasm, knowledge and determination to build a better future for their island. Has improved my understanding of community views re fish farming. A great day!". He was clear to all present that the salmon aquaculture industry needs to improve, that compliance is non-negotiable, and that SEPA expects to be held to account as an effective regulator.
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We would like to invite you to donate a piece of work in any medium to a public exhibition to be held in the COAST office, the old Pavilion Lamlash, in the week before the Open Studios event and throughout the weekend.
The idea is that the work will not be signed and all work will be available to the public for a minimum donation of £25. A larger sum can be donated if the donor wishes. All funds raised will be donated to COAST.
COAST will provide a simple card mount for each piece. Heather McLeod of Arran Studio Shop has kindly offered her services in cutting the mounts. There is no need for you to mount or frame the work.
2D work, A4 (296mmx420mm) or A5 (148mm x 210mm)
3D work, small, of a comparable size to A5/A4
2D work should be on a surface suitable for mounting and hanging, e.g. watercolour paper, cartridge paper of a good weight, card or thin board.
The exhibition provides the opportunity to purchase a piece of art at a very affordable price whilst supporting a much loved local community organisation.
You will be invited to a cheese and wine evening to open the event Monday 6th August.
- Confirmation of participation by Monday 30th April (by return email)
- Delivery of work to the COAST office - Mon 11th June - Fri 22nd June, Mon - Fri 9am-4pm
- Exhibition opens 6th August, closes 13th August
Please reply to confirm your participation no later than 30th April as we need time to organise this event before the busy summer holidays begin.
All COAST wants for Christmas is...
2017 has been a great year for COAST, with more community members than ever joining us and renovating Arran's new marine hub on Lamlash Bay. From this centre we explore, research, educate and campaign for sustainable coastal and marine activities in our Marine Protected Area.
Last week we were surprised to see budget cuts for SNH and SEPA, Scotland's environmental advisers and regulators. Our government needs to put its money where its mouth is...
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Company shows utter contempt for the people and nature of Arran
After strategically withdrawing the 2015 application for an expansion of 60% in production just before a public hearing was due, the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) now intend to double the production of their "battery salmon factory" in the waters of Arran's Marine Protected Area (MPA). Despite vehement opposition by our island community to any expansion, the SSC have also publicly stated their interest in further new salmon farm developments in the 'wider Arran area'.