The ‘Stop Fish Farm Expansion’ campaign gains momentum

On Saturday, 29th June, Georgina Lepley-Maclean swam the last five hour leg of her circumnavigation of Arran, returning to the point in North Sannox from where she started at the beginning of June. This amazing effort was to highlight the danger to this unspoiled piece of coastline from the Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) proposal to …

Screening of ‘Artifishal’ – 9th July in Lamlash

ARTIFISHAL will be screening at Arran Community Theatre in Lamlash, Isle of Arran. Tuesday 9th July @ 19:00. Admission by donation. Open to all. Produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and directed by Josh “Bones” Murphy, ARTIFISHAL “brings into sharp focus the plight of wild fish due to hatcheries and fish farms. The film takes …

Summer snorkelling with COAST

Looking for the chance to learn to snorkel safely, build your confidence and have fun, whilst being taught by fully qualified BSAC instructors? Then join COAST for one of our snorkel taster sessions! Participants will learn how to use and fit equipment, how to snorkel safely and then be taken on a snorkelling session to …

COAST call for a Marine Rebellion

Having fought off the expansion of the fish farm in Lamlash Bay last year, the proposal for a new one off the north east of Arran was never going to be met with much community support. The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) who are proposing the new mega farm, are trying to make contact with the …

Events at COAST in May

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May  Seagrass community film workshop Are you interested in filming and photographing what you see above and below the water? Are you keen to learn how to edit content and contribute to a community film at the same time? Do you enjoy snorkelling and/or being by the sea? Want to …

Join COAST’s North Arran Salmon Farm Campaign – meeting 2nd April

An update from COAST on the recent news that the Scottish Salmon Company are now proposing a new salmon farm in the north east of Arran. The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) continue to target the seas around Arran and the wider Clyde Region. Their current target is beautiful north east Arran with a plan to …

COAST is Recruiting!

Do you have the skills and enthusiasm to help COAST at their new Marine Activities and Learning Centre on the shores of Arran’s community-led No Take Zone and Marine Protected Area? COAST is looking to recruit two Volunteer Marine Programme Assistants for the summer. The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 17th March …

Getting our act together to save our seas – news from COAST

A round-up of news from COAST, who report on some great successes for coastal community campaigns at the end of 2018 and leave us with a positive message to take forward into the new year. Coastal stakeholders succeed with three major breakthroughs for healthier Scottish seas If you care about people and the planet then …

Marine Scotland Meet the Community

By Cheryl Burgess and Paul Chandler, COAST The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) hosted Marine Scotland Compliance officers on 8th November. The seminar, held at the COAST Octopus Centre was fully-booked and attended by members of the public, COAST staff, and volunteers who were interested to hear how they and Marine Scotland Compliance (MSC) …

Poetry event with an ocean theme

A message from Arran Poets and COAST… This is to invite you to a poetry gig at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6th December in the Brodick Bar. As usual we are holding our poetry celebration out of step with the rest of the country which does National Poetry Day in October. This year we are …