COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
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.
In 1989 as I listened to my husband, Howard, discuss with Don MacNeish what they could do about the worsening condition of the marine environment, I would not have believed that 26 year later I would be in the San Francisco Opera House, watching Howard receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe. It was the most amazing experience, made all the more special as our two children, Martin and Jenna and their respective partners Kate and Ian were able to join us for the second ceremony in Washington.
Howard Wood, chairman and co-founder of COAST has been awarded the highly prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work with COAST promoting sustainable management of Arran's seas. It is the first time this international award, the largest prize for grassroots environmentalists worldwide, has come to Scotland and only the second time it has been made to somebody in the UK.
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.