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 …

A Plastic Voyage

The film of Sea Dragon’s voyage around the UK, sampling the seas for plastic and raising awareness of this major issue, is now available to watch on YouTube. eXXpedition Round Britain was co-led by Sue Weaver of Kildonan and called in to Lamlash Bay during its circumnavigation. Find out more about Exxpedition here.  

Winged insects may be flying to oblivion across much of Europe

The mass of flying insects in parts of Germany has fallen by three-quarters in the last 27 years. Since the territories sampled were all nature reserves in some way protected from pesticides and other disturbance, the implications are alarming: winged insects may be flying to oblivion across much of Europe, according to the Climate News …

SSC Full Consultation. Really?

Following the letter published by Craig Anderson CEO of SSC in The Arran Banner (7 Oct 2017) I felt compelled to debunk some myths that he is perpetuating and expose his deliberate lack of detail (some might say honesty) and unsubstantiated claims and promises.I have highlighted 8 of the most obvious and dealt with these …

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.

Harvey, Irma, and climate change: why they won’t change minds

Harvey, Irma, and climate change: why they won’t change minds Why it will struggle to matter: Here’s a look at why Harvey and Irma could become flashpoints in the public’s views on climate change, yet simultaneously fail to move the needle much, partly because humans have short attention spans, are too wedded to preconceived notions, …

The Marine Conservation Society and COAST welcome the bottle deposit return scheme

Deposit returns to be a reality for Scotland; system for bottles and drinks cans announced. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) welcomes the commitment to a bottle deposit return system made by Scottish Government. Catherine Gemmell, Scotland Conservation Officer said: “As a founding partner in the Have You Got The Bottle campaign, we are absolutely thrilled …

Arctic riches: A most insane discussion

As climate change rips away the icy armor of the Arctic, nations surrounding the North Pole and companies eager to exploit the area’s mineral wealth–particularly oil and natural gas–are growing giddy with anticipation, writes Kurt Cobb in Bella Caledonia. So reports the Associated Press, though the AP is by no means the first to report …