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News

COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.

Tribute to Tom Vella-Boyle - Community Marine Environmentalist

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Tom Vella-Boyle - Community Marine Environmentalist

Born: June 3 1944

Died: December 10 2016

Tom Boyle was born on June 3 1944 in Piddinghoe on the South Coast of England, the son of a merchant seaman, who was decorated in World War II for his service in the Royal Navy under the command of Sir Peter Scott on Motor Torpedo Boat 755 in the English Channel.

He joined British Rail and rose through the ranks over a period of over thirty years to become Station Master of Brighton Railway station and several other smaller stations. It was in this role he was responsible for the safe travel of thousands of commuters every day and met and welcomed many famous people of the day, including Queen Elizabeth II, politicians such as Henry Kissinger, astronaut Neil Armstrong and many, many others.

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COAST in favour of staying in EU

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Seabed and fisheries' recovery depends on international cooperation

COAST is non-party political and has support from politicians and members of the public representing all political persuasions. Our primary aim is to improve the health of the marine environment in the waters around Arran for the benefit of all those dependent on it.

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.

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June 2016 Newsletter - Money matters for MPAs

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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.

Read the full newsletter here

Arran and the Sea: a community story

Celebrating community involvement in marine conservation and management for WORLD OCEANS DAY 2016

The inside story of how an island community is standing up for its dearest resource: the sea.

The Firth of Clyde was once a very rich and diverse source of wealth for coastal communities. Now 99% of what fishermen land is shellfish. But the future is looking brighter with the new Marine Protected Areas.

COAST is celebrating World Oceans Day by sharing in this film our 20 years community experience in making the case for responsible and fair management of our seas. We are also hoping to inspire other communities to raise their voices and be involved in decisions about their seas.

FILM WILL GO LIVE ON THE 8th JUNE - WORLD OCEANS DAY

We are very grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for giving us the chance to bring this story forward with the help of DayforNight films.