Charles Darwin and Kelp

SCOTTISH KELP and the proposal to industrially harvest up to 40,000 tonnes a year on the west coast When British naturalist Charles Darwin travelled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he was amazed at the sight of giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that if those forests were destroyed, a significant number of …

Can we rely on the MSC label for sustainable fish?

The perils of accepting a “sustainable” food label without the bigger picture by Sally Campbell BioMar, a Danish Company, is one of the leading suppliers of “high performance” fish feed to the aquaculture industry worldwide. BioMar operates 13 feed factories including one at Grangemouth, Scotland. According to its own figures, roughly one out of five …

A Report on Untreated Waste in the Kilbrannan Sound

Dr Sally Campbell, local resident and marine scientist, reports on the plans by Marine Harvest to establish a new salmon farm and the problem of untreated waste going into the Kilbrannan Sound. It must be nearly ten years ago since Arran defeated a Marine Harvest proposal for a huge 2500 tonnes max biomass fish farm …

Know Your Scottish Salmon

With the ongoing community campaigns against salmon farming expansion in Scotland, here is some useful information for consumers on Scottish Salmon certification from the Best Fishes website, a project set up by Fidra, an environmental charity based in East Lothian. Their aim is to help consumers make more sustainable decisions regarding the salmon we eat, by providing …

The End of the Line for Salmon Aquaculture?

Salmon aquaculture in Scotland: is it coming to the end of the line? by Sally Campbell 2018 has been the year, so far, when the Scottish Parliament has taken a long hard look at salmon aquaculture in the sea lochs of western Scotland. First the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) took evidence …

A Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Salmon Farm Expansion

COAST have sent out this call from Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland – Salmon & Trout Conservation Scotland (S&TC Scotland) is today leading a call for an immediate moratorium on any new open cage marine salmon farms in Scotland or any expansion of existing sites. The call is supported by a wide cross section of 27 …

News from COAST

Coastal communities turning the tide SEPA’s CEO Terry A’Hearn and Aquaculture Specialist Mike Montague accepted our public invitation on social media to visit COAST this month. During a full day of discussion there were many straight questions from members of our community about SEPA’s regulatory role and the proposed expansion of Lamlash Bay Salmon Farm. …

Lamlash Fish Farm: A Message from COAST

Thanks to everyone who attended the COAST public meetings where we discussed and explored our community’s opinions on the Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) proposal to double the production of salmon in the waters of Lamlash Bay and potential development at other sites. As promised, we’d like to share with you: How you can help A …

COAST News

COAST is on the move! Our new address is: Old Pavilion, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, KA27 8LS Pop by and say hello next time you are passing! Coastal Communities Network NEW website COAST is excited and proud to be part of this fantastic network of coastal communities accross Scotland who are all working hard to …

Debate on the Marine Environment – Patricia Gibson MP

Debate on the Marine Environment On November 14th I participated in a debate on the Marine Environment in Westminster. Whilst progress has been made in this with the ban on microbeads and the introduction of Marine Protected Areas, there are still challenges. We must use our seas sustainably, protecting vulnerable marine habitats, and look after …