COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
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.
Sunday 23 Nov to Monday 24 Nov
Overnight, a new passenger joined us on board. One of the Atlantic's liminal flying fish, existing magically in the borders between air and sea, fetched up on deck – to the great delight of our master dissector Diana. A late night analysis of the creature’s stomach contents showed an all-natural last meal. There was no plastic visible under the microscope. The fish had fed on small shrimp and fish larvae, such as we had seen in our first manta trawl. It seems that this was a healthy fish, just a little too curious about life on board Sea Dragon.
Our day then proceeded to continue smoothly. The sun was shining and Sea Dragon was sailing wing-on-wing. This diamond sail combination makes a beautiful sight against the cool blue sky. At 1pm sharp it was time for our second manta trawl, which we accomplished smoothly in 1 hour 20 mins. Shanley assures us that this is a great time for our second attempt, and we are all pretty excited at the prospect of breaking some kind of record. We’re hoping to be down to 1 hour by the time we reach Martinique – let’s see if we’re up for the challenge!
Saturday 22nd November 2014: Sea Dragon
25 53.53 N
28 25.52 W
780 miles down!
After the storms of the past six days we had a beautiful Sunday morning with relatively calm seas, we got busy cleaning the boat, our laundry and ourselves.
Lucy made pancakes - a special treat for those on watch - they were so tasty to eat with maple syrup, papaya, lemon and sugar while watching the pink sunrise. We are all hoping that every morning can be as sweet a pancake morning, in the ocean, as this one.
Urges Scottish Government to effectively manage marine protected areas
Lamlash, Arran: The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) has been awarded the 2014 RSPB Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation. Recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations, COAST has been acknowledged for its outstanding success in promoting sustainable marine management around the isle of Arran. The Marine Conservation Award is sponsored by Marine Scotland.
COAST led a 13-year campaign for the establishment of Scotland’s first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay in 2008 and a three-year campaign for the establishment of a marine protected area (MPA) around the whole of the south of the island of Arran. The South Arran MPA, the only entirely community-led marine protected area in Scotland, was designated by the Scottish Government, alongside 29 others on 24 July 2014.
Andrew Binnie, COAST Manager, said: “Arran and COAST have been at the forefront of community-led marine conservation for nearly 20 years. During that time we have established Scotland's first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay and just this summer, the South Arran Marine Protected Area. We are thrilled to have our work recognised by this prestigious award. However, we are not done yet.
COAST is one of the lucky finalists for the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards. To win this award for COAST's vital environmental work we need your vote. Please click the link below and scroll down the page to select COAST under the environment section. Then submit your vote at the bottom of the page.
Along with the Nature of Scotland Awards this is the second award COAST has been shortlisted for in 2014.