COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
Dredger ban for South Arran Marine Protected Area and other west coast MPAs: COAST congratulates Richard Lochhead on listening to coastal communities, marine scientists and economists.
In a broadly welcome statement Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, announced yesterday that a Marine Conservation Order (MCO) will be put before parliament this week setting out conservation measures including banning the highly destructive practice of scallop dredging within the South Arran Marine Protected Area and other west coast MPAs. COAST has campaigned hard to end this damaging activity in Arran’s MPA which was designated in 2014 and we congratulate the Minister on listening to coastal communities, marine scientists and economists on this issue.
COAST now recruiting for a Communications and Administration Officer and planning a Marine Interpretation Centre for Arran
With the Cab. Sec., Richard Lochhead's welcome announcement that destructive scallop dredging will end in the South Arran Marine Protected Area and that bottom trawling is to be limited to outer areas of the MPA, COAST is now taking steps to ensure the island is well-placed to realise the full economic and cultural potential of a recovering marine environment.
COAST congratulates our tireless and normally not too grumpy Chair, Howard Wood on his OBE. Howard was awarded the Goldman Prize for Europe in April earning him a spot in the Independent’s ‘Happy’ list. We are absolutely delighted to learn that he has now been honoured with an OBE for his dedicated work through COAST to community-based marine conservation and restoration.
Howard says " I am delighted to receive this honour from the Queen. It recognises the work done by everyone involved in COAST and would not have been possible without the widespread community support both on Arran and farther afield."
Howard also told COAST he intends to remain a thorn in the side of the marine establishment until our inshore waters receive adequate protection.
Time for a wee dram!
The International Pectinid workshop (IPW) is the world’s largest scallop conference, attracting fishery scientists and managers from across the globe. We sent COAST ambassador Dr Leigh Howarth to this year’s IPW in Ireland, to present his research on the Lamlash Bay No-Take Zone, and to learn how other countries are managing their scallop fisheries in a changing world.