Season's greetings and New Year message from COAST
We are pleased to announce today that the Marine Conservation Order for the South Arran Marine Protected Area has finally been laid before the Scottish Parliament along with fisheries orders for a further 16 SACs/MPAs. We expect these to come into effect on 8th February 2016. These measures, while not perfect, are an important step forward for our inshore waters and the coastal communities which rely upon them. COAST congratulates Richard Lochhead and the Scottish Government for standing up to pressure from well-resourced lobby groups and for putting the real interests of Scottish coastal communities first. We urge the Government to quickly progress Conservation Orders for the three remaining inshore MPAs.
Before 2015 comes to an end we’d like to thank and recognise the effort, passion and drive of all our volunteers and supporters.
To help protect and revive the Clyde and the livelihoods it sustains, our volunteers have put in thousands of hours of hard work. They have been working on developing educational resources, delivering outreach events, carrying out underwater marine research and campaigning hard to raise community voices with government. The awards we have received over the past two years are a testament to this voluntary effort.
The year ahead will be an exciting one. We are looking forward to setting up a new community led marine interpretation centre for the MPA while rolling out of a variety of outreach activities - look out for our Marine Mobile! COAST will continue to campaign for sustainable fisheries management in the Clyde and the meaningful implementation of all Scottish MPAs.
With our best wishes for a healthy, happy and sustainable New Year.
The COAST team
Arran's coast under snow - photo: Zabdi Keen