COAST begins its series of public meetings about the proposed salmon farm expansion

COAST has begun to hold public meeting around the island to discuss the proposed expansion of the Lamlash Bay fish farm. The photo was taken at the well-attended Kildonan Hall meeting on the 19th October. The audience discussed the environmental damage caused by this form of open cage aquaculture, where toxic chemicals and excrement pollute …

South Arran MPA – Explained

Following on from my previous article of the South Arran MPA and more specifically the No Creel Zone (NCZ) off Kildonan it has become clear to me that there are some who disregard the existence of the NCZ as it is an inconvenience to them and when asked about their creeling activities reply with obfuscation …

Fish Farm-ageddon

With the announcement by Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) that it intends to submit an even more expansive planning proposal for its fish farm in Lamlash Bay the community of Arran finds itself in another battle to save its sea from the harm caused by an expanded fish farm. The community of Arran had thought it …

Scottish Ministers are caught out!

Scottish Ministers tried unlawfully to protect the worst-performing fish farms from public scrutiny. Scottish Ministers have been ordered to disclose the names of Scotland’s ‘liciest’ salmon farms to Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland. The Scottish Information Commissioner has decided that Scottish Ministers tried unlawfully to protect the worst-performing fish farms from public scrutiny. The Scottish …

A message from eXXpedition

We can’t believe it but exxpeditionroundbritain is completed! A full update is coming, but we want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us on this journey, come along to our events and helped us spread the word about eXXpedition, plastic pollution and toxics in our seas.

COAST News: Continued salmon farm expansion in Arran’s MPA

COAST News Following the recent withdrawal by the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) of their application to expand their farm within our Marine Protected Area at Lamlash Bay, the Jersey-registered, banker-owned, Oslo-traded company, have almost immediately announced that they will be reapplying to expand the farm further and put in place newer and larger open cage …

Arran Coast News

And COAST now reports that the first set of 2017 surveys in Lamlash Bay no-take Marine Reserve are complete. Highest lobster numbers ever!

The cost of Scottish Marine Protected Areas, a year down the line

Phil Taylor is campaigns manager at Open Seas. Following on from Stephen Brown’s article above, readers of the Voice may be interested to see the results of research conducted by Phil Taylor of Open Seas. The full article can be found here but the conclusion is that “across the majority of ports studied, the establishment …

The south Arran MPA – more than hatchings on a map

by Stephen Brown, Kildonan I have been a supporter of COAST for a number of years as a holidaymaker to the island. Having moved to the island recently the Marine Protected Area (MPA) moved from being an abstract concept with some intangible environmental objective, to the practical application of zoning fisheries activities to protect habitats …