COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
Community celebrates first steps towards Arran’s Marine Discovery Centre
COAST opened the doors of the Old Pavilion in Lamlash last Friday to celebrate its new ownership with the community. Representatives from Visit Arran, Arran High School and the Outdoor Education Centre as well as many businesses, community groups and residents had a chance to visit the building and discuss future plans for the Marine Discovery Centre.
Come along and celebrate with us! We'll be sharing and discussing plans and ideas for this exciting new project for Arran! Tea and cake for all!
Tom Vella-Boyle - Community Marine Environmentalist
Born: June 3 1944
Died: December 10 2016
Tom Boyle was born on June 3 1944 in Piddinghoe on the South Coast of England, the son of a merchant seaman, who was decorated in World War II for his service in the Royal Navy under the command of Sir Peter Scott on Motor Torpedo Boat 755 in the English Channel.
He joined British Rail and rose through the ranks over a period of over thirty years to become Station Master of Brighton Railway station and several other smaller stations. It was in this role he was responsible for the safe travel of thousands of commuters every day and met and welcomed many famous people of the day, including Queen Elizabeth II, politicians such as Henry Kissinger, astronaut Neil Armstrong and many, many others.
Seabed and fisheries' recovery depends on international cooperation
After carefully considering the issue, it is our opinion that a vote to leave would have a detrimental effect on marine management and the long-term health and productivity of the sea around Arran.
Imaginative solutions needed for cost effective marine management
This year's World Oceans Day theme is "Healthy seas, healthy planet". And a "healthy economy" is underpinned by diverse and healthy seas. Scotland's thriving marine tourism accounts for an annual £3.1 billion from wildlife watching, sailing, kayaking, surfing and angling whilst general recreation and tourism amounts to £2.4 billion. The fishing industry contributes over £500 million to the Scottish economy. But effectively managed creeling by local boats, may provide better returns to coastal communities. According to a recent study published by the New Economics Foundation, prioritising creeling in inshore waters proves to be a fairer, smarter, safer, healthier and higher value options.
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