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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.

Prawn lobby attack on Scotland's MPAs

Demonstration at Holyrood in support of MPAs next week

Not satisfied with having squeezed Scotland's Marine Protected Area network to a mere 3.5% of Scottish waters during 5 years of consultations, the Clyde-led prawn lobby is now seeking to have even this modest area annulled via the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee (RACCE) next Wednesday. This is a serious challenge to the democratically elected Scottish Government from a business lobby group who think they own Scotland's seas. If they succeed, the MPA network will be in tatters and our seas will be under their de facto management for decades to come. COAST will be representing the community that supports South Arran MPA at a demonstration at Holyrood on Wednesday the 27th from 8am and would be delighted if other MPA supporters were to join us. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Read the full article here

Marine Conservation Order finally laid before parliament

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

Details of all conservation measures and remaining consultations 

Arran's coast under snow - photo: Zabdi Keen