I am currently working in Alaska on a cruise ship in the inside passage! I have been in glacier bay and Frederick sound for the last few days.
My MSc was Marine Environmental Management with the University of York. With COAST, I did my masters dissertation where I studied the effects of Japanese Wireweed on the local commercially important juvenile fish species in the sea grass beds off the coast of Arran.
While working there I had the opportunity to volunteer with COAST at several festivals where I discussed MPA management and local wildife! It was so much fun getting to work with the community. I also even got to go to the Highland games!
COAST was an amazing group to volunteer with and I would recommend it to anyone!
My favorite Marine animal… I know it’s lame but I think my favorite organism in general is algae! It is an incredible organism that sustains the environment and the food chain. And can also teach us a lot about our past! It’s really an incredible organism. And also it’s stunning when you get the chance to look at it under a microscope!
If you are looking to volunteer with COAST, get in touch with them via Facebook or by phone, I recommend the snorkeling page because you get the opportunity to go out and check out some wildlife with knowledgeable, friendly people!
All in all I think COAST is an amazing organization and vital to the community, they have done so much for Myself as well as for the whole of Arran! If I get the chance I would ABSOLUTELY go back and work with them and if you want to get involved COAST are the people to get involved with!