COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS WAS 15/03/2018
Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST launch a new Marine Learning and Activity Hub (The Octopus Centre) on the shores of Arran’s community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area? We are looking for 2 volunteers to assist in centre management and visitor experience, communications and outreach during the spring and summer.
Coastal communities turning the tide
As Fiona Gell recently wrote in The Guardian, it is ordinary people who are driving the future of conservation, the government is recognising this, and starting to listen to what coastal communities have to say.
SEPA’s CEO Terry A'Hearn and Aquaculture Specialist Mike Montague accepted our public invitation on social media to visit COAST this month. During a full day of discussion there were many straight questions from members of our community about SEPA's regulatory role and the proposed expansion of Lamlash Bay Salmon Farm. Terry later stated: "Great day with community members. Loved their enthusiasm, knowledge and determination to build a better future for their island. Has improved my understanding of community views re fish farming. A great day!". He was clear to all present that the salmon aquaculture industry needs to improve, that compliance is non-negotiable, and that SEPA expects to be held to account as an effective regulator.
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All COAST wants for Christmas is...
2017 has been a great year for COAST, with more community members than ever joining us and renovating Arran's new marine hub on Lamlash Bay. From this centre we explore, research, educate and campaign for sustainable coastal and marine activities in our Marine Protected Area.
Last week we were surprised to see budget cuts for SNH and SEPA, Scotland's environmental advisers and regulators. Our government needs to put its money where its mouth is...
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Company shows utter contempt for the people and nature of Arran
After strategically withdrawing the 2015 application for an expansion of 60% in production just before a public hearing was due, the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) now intend to double the production of their "battery salmon factory" in the waters of Arran's Marine Protected Area (MPA). Despite vehement opposition by our island community to any expansion, the SSC have also publicly stated their interest in further new salmon farm developments in the 'wider Arran area'.
Scotland’s inshore fisheries management not fit for purpose
The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has withdrawn its application to expand the St Molios salmon fish farm in Lamlash Bay. This follows SEPA admitting to errors in their ecological appraisal which wrongly predicted the expansion would lead to a decrease instead of an increase of toxic Emamectin Benzoate going into the South Arran Marine Protected Area.
With escalating salmon exports - up 70% in the first half of 2017 - the SSC can afford to pay law firms like MacRoberts to manage the case, while the people of Arran have invested thousands of hours to get this SEPA-approved application "called in" by the government. Without the commitment of our community, this expansion would have gone ahead, risking our environment, well-being and livelihoods (salmon aquaculture in Scotland accounts for under 0.1% of employment).
But the story, unfortunately, does not end here.