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).
Arran COAST to be featured in "SCOTLAND: The Big Picture"
COAST is thrilled to be part of an exciting new project that brings together photography and storytelling to make the case for a wilder Scotland: "SCOTLAND: The Big Picture"
Photographer Richard Shucksmith is part of The Big Picture team. He has been exploring the South Arran Marine Protected Area, below and above the surface with Dr Jo Porter, expert in bryozoans and member of Heriot-Watt University scientific dive team, our Chair Howard Wood and local underwater photographer Gus Robson.
For project founder Peter Cairns, who has co-led one of the world's largest conservation communication initiatives, the Wild Wonders of Europe, this project, "SCOTLAND: The Big Picture" was "an itch that's needed scratching for almost two decades.(...) It's about "doing something in Scotland" that has led him and his team to tell a story that
August Newsletter - Arran's MPA a tourism dynamo
Real opportunities for West Coast communities
Scotland's Marine Protected Areas network is shaping up with many now legally enforced. Forward-thinking local stakeholders are rolling up their sleeves to make the most of them despite attempts by the trawled-prawn and dredged-scallop lobby to continually undermine the process. Coastal communities deserve to see a stronger, more diverse, marine economy. Marine tourism is a key element of this, already contributing £3.7 billion to the Scottish economy, with a huge potential for sustainable growth.
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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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