COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
Community-led marine reserve produces benefits for fisheries and conservation
The first and only fully protected marine reserve in Scotland is continuing to provide benefits for fisheries and conservation, according to new research by the University of York.
Backing from the local community has been crucial to the success of Lamlash Bay marine reserve after its creation off the Isle of Arran in 2008, following a decade-long campaign by the local Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST).
The new study, published in Marine Biology, reports on monitoring surveys conducted inside and outside the marine reserve by scientists in the Environment Department at York from 2010 to 2013. Marine reserves, where fishing and other extractive activities are restricted, are being established across the globe, allowing natural ecosystems to recover and flourish.
Sue Weaver took part in Exxpedition, a cross- Atlantic mission last year and is now safely back on dry land. In the process she learned about the extent of plastic and chemical pollution in our aquatic environments and in our bodies- she also raised over £700 for COAST. COAST volunteer Sinead interviewed her to learn of her experiences. READ MORE
The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) was host to a delegation of government, NGO and University representatives from the Zhejiang province in China who were visiting Scotland.
The group travelled under the EU-China Environmental Governance Programme from Jiaxing city in South West China to learn more about public participation in environmental policy and management; and specifically to learn from COAST about community-led environmental campaigning.