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 the complete exclusion of trawlers and dredgers from the newly designated south Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA).
In anticipation of a properly protected South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) COAST is gearing up to realise the full potential of the area. We are working with local tourism businesses, creel fishermen, sea anglers, Visit Arran, Visit Scotland and recreational users to make sure the South Arran MPA is managed sustainably and becomes a go-to destination and economic driver for Arran and the Clyde. We believe the South Arran MPA can be a huge success story for the west of Scotland in the same way as the community supported Cabo Pulmo (Watch BBC Video ) marine reserve is in Mexico. There, local leadership has ensured the reserves success (Read academic paper ). Here in the Clyde we still need Richard Lochhead (the Cabinet Secretary responsible), Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage to continue giving the South Arran MPA their full support by ensuring bottom towed gear is kept out of the area.
Could it be time though for a return to more progressive management?