COAST takes a look back at 2019

An update from COAST’s Winter Newsletter What has the Scottish Government done in 2019? There is now very little doubt that the UK will be leaving the EU and there is grave concern that our hard fought environmental protection will be diluted. Protection must have no borders, be joined up and coherent to produce the …

Government plans for kelp dredging trials raises alarm

In an article from 17th December 2019, Coastal Communities Network Scotland report on the recent news that a Scottish government ‘seaweed review group’  plans to mechanically harvest kelp next year, despite the government following calls to stop the dredging of kelp. At the end of 2018, under pressure from many community groups, with Arran’s COAST …

The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection

“The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection” Greenpeace’s strategy for Protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030 A report from Sally Campbell With all the focus on the sustainability of salmon fish farming off Arran’s spectacular coastline and questioning over its environmental impacts there is some encouraging news about our seas. After decades of industrial …

Tipping waste into our marine environment

Tipping waste into our marine environment – a report from Lamlash resident and marine scientist Sally Campbell The Isle of Arran Distillers was granted a licence to discharge up to 60,000 litres per day of mixed untreated distillery effluent over 2 x 3 hour periods each day into Kilbrannan Sound, transported to the outfall head …

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) …