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 effective management of the designated South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA).
COAST in favour of staying in EU
Seabed and fisheries' recovery depends on international cooperation
After carefully considering the issue, it is our opinion that a vote to leave would have a detrimental effect on marine management and the long-term health and productivity of the sea around Arran.
June 2016 Newsletter - Money matters for MPAs
Imaginative solutions needed for cost effective marine management
This year's World Oceans Day theme is "Healthy seas, healthy planet". And a "healthy economy" is underpinned by diverse and healthy seas. Scotland's thriving marine tourism accounts for an annual £3.1 billion from wildlife watching, sailing, kayaking, surfing and angling whilst general recreation and tourism amounts to £2.4 billion. The fishing industry contributes over £500 million to the Scottish economy. But effectively managed creeling by local boats, may provide better returns to coastal communities. According to a recent study published by the New Economics Foundation, prioritising creeling in inshore waters proves to be a fairer, smarter, safer, healthier and higher value options.
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