COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
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.
With strong support from Arran residents the South Arran Marine Protected Area was designated last year.
However, management of the area is still to be decided! Marine Scotland are proposing to allow damaging dredging and bottom trawling to continue in our MPA. This is not acceptable as damage will continue to our marine life.
COAST needs your help
COAST has had a phenomenal year with the designation of the South Arran Marine Protected Area, celebrating the sixth year of Scotland’s only No Take Zone and winning the Nature of Scotland Award (We were also finalists in the 2014 Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards). We have continued with our research and begun a baseline study in the newly designated MPA. We have been inspired by the huge amount of support at our events with individuals of all ages getting involved in all the different activities. COAST could not have achieved all this without the contributions of volunteers, funders and supporters.
COAST would like to say a special thank you to our office volunteers Mathilda Evans, Amy Fairbairn and Matt Judge, our volunteer divers Angus Robson and Clair Youdale and all the volunteers who helped out at the various events. We truly appreciate all the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of all those who have volunteered their skills, time and energy.
COAST is lucky enough to have received grants from a range of funders including The Kilfinan Trust, Arran Trust, North Ayrshire Council, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Underwood Trust, the Van Neste Foundation and the The John Ellermen Foundation. COAST has also received many individual donations that we are extremely grateful for. All donations, big or small help COAST to make real change.
COAST is a community lead organisation first and foremost and it is only with the team work and support of the people of Arran that we can continue to achieve so much.
We would like to thank each and every person that contributed to the Community of the Arran Seabed Trust this year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
COAST and Fauna & Flora International (FFI)’s Marine Community Support Officer, Kerri Whiteside, has been busy travelling around the coast of Scotland, meeting with interested coastal communities and supporting them in having a stronger say on the protection of their local marine waters.
Kerri has been working with the community living on the remote island of Fair Isle, which sits between the Orkney Islands and mainland Shetland, and supporting the long-established Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI). FIMETI represents the interests
|Fair Isle © Tommy H Hyndman|
of the (circa fifty) locals living on the island and has been fighting for stricter protection of their local sea for two decades. Fair Isle has submitted a proposal for a Demonstration and Research MPA and awaits the announcement of the decision in the New Year.