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 …

The Environment Secretary Comes to COAST

Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, visited COAST this week at Scotland’s first MPA visitor centre, the Octopus Centre. During the Scottish Cabinet’s visit to Arran on Monday 27th August, the Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, made a trip to Coast where she was welcomed by co-founder Howard Wood, and …

National Chamber Music Day in Arran

September 15th is National Chamber Music Day, and Enterprise Music Scotland along with Music Arran and Coast, are running an ‘Eco music’ themed day in Lamlash. The organisers at Enterprise Music Scotland write: On the 15th of September, Enterprise Music Scotland (EMS) will host National Chamber Music Day 2018, the event which celebrates chamber music …

Launch of the Film “Shore” by Invisible Dust at the Screen Machine

Launch of the Film “Shore” by Invisible Dust – Free Screenings! On Friday, July 20, 2018 at 01:00 pm and Friday, July 27, 2018 at 04:00 pm Shore – an ambitious multi-arts and science project reflecting Scotland’s coastal communities’ responses to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) – will launch in Brodick on the Isle of Arran …

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. …