COAST publishes regular newsletters highlighting issues relating to the marine environment of Arran the Clyde, Scottish and international, coastal waters.
It is amazing how much you can learn in just 24 hours. Our COAST team’s whistle-stop tour to visitor centres up the West Coast of Scotland left us buzzing with ideas and inspiration.
Andrew, Jenny and myself were lucky to be welcomed by most of the centre managers, whose insight on a range of interpretive approaches and practicalities was very useful indeed. We’d like to thank Anuschka Miller (SAMS Ocean Explorer Centre), Pauline Massey and Alison Lomax (Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust Shop and Visitor Centre), Lyndsey Bird (Mull Aquarium) and the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary and Kilmartin Museum staff for letting us explore their facilities.
Here is a list of our favourite approaches and features, the ones we felt were most engaging, original and/or meaningful:
1. Quirky or cheeky features: We were “wowed” by a clever adaptation of the augmented reality sandbox, set up by the Mull aquarium team and we just loved the cheeky marine science facts at the SAMS Ocean Explorer Centre (Tip: don’t miss a visit to their public conveniences!)
2. Alive and kicking: Information and exhibitions that change and those that are actally “alive” like the Mull Aquarium Catch and Release tanks. It is inspiring to see how individual volunteers, community groups and businesses take part in the centre.
Newly protected seas threatened by fish farms
West coast communities feel manipulated by corporations and ignored by government
07/11/2016 Arran, Scotland:
Following recent applications to develop salmon fish farms in Scotland’s newly created Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), community groups along the West coast of Scotland are joining forces to oppose what they consider a breach of common sense. These communities believe they should have a real say in the approval of future developments on their shores and be involved in the planning and monitoring of these if given approval. They are concerned that the government is acting in the interest of internationally-based corporations instead of in the interest of coastal communities and sea life. The 250 salmon farms that have been developed across Scotland’s iconic West Coast threaten the future of a world famous environment that attracts millions of visitors each year.