Over 80 people attended the Scottish Natural Heritage MPA consultation event on Arran - by far the biggest turn out of any of the national MPA consultation events held so far! Attendees had the opportunity to put their questions to Scottish Natural Heritage who ran a drop-in session as part of their on-going support for the Arran MPA. COAST hopes that Marine Scotland will also be able to come over later in the Autumn to provide a full presentation and Q and A session to complement SNH's visit. In the meantime dozens of people have completed individual consultation responses and we would like to urge supporters to keep sending them in. Arranâ€™s MSP Kenneth Gibson and our MP Katy Clark sailed over for the day. Kenneth and Katy are both supporters of COAST and became COAST's newest ambassadors (see pictures).
Scottish MSPs support Kenneth Gibson's motion to celebrate 5 very successful years of Scotland 1st No Take Zone & Community Reserve. http://bit.ly/1fPMZ17
Comb Jellies Ctenophores
The rainbow effect that is seen during the day travelling up and down the side of a comb jelly is caused by the cilia moving slightly out of sync with the next. This causes a scattering of light making them look like out-of -this world spaceships. Read More
Businesses on Arran are working closely with COAST to realise the economic benefits of the NTZ and proposed MPA. To show your support please email us your business logo and we will list you on our website. The 1st businesses to reply will be shown on our new MPA flags. Arran Businesses Support MPA page
New staff and Corrie Primary School visit
A huge thank you to Katie Thomson who has now finished her Uni placement year with COAST and to Trisha Murphy who volunteered as our summer video editor. Andy Telford, our new Administration Officer started this month and visited Corrie Primary School with Hannah Thompson our current volunteer. In the picture the children find out how big a whale is! Last but no least, best wishes to Stephanie Dickens who is moving to Aberdeen.
What about the birds?
Jim Cassels from Arran Natural History Society asks why in the Government's plans for the South Arran MPA there is no mention of birds that depend on the sea and intertidal zone. 'This is a serious omission and birds should be recognised as marine priority features'. Read More
NTZ Birthday Party!
21st September from 7pm - Drift Inn, Lamlash. Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the No Take Zone at COAST's marine-themed fancy dress party! All welcome. Prizes for best costumes.