Chinstrap Penguins and Turtles: Two animals at risk due to climate change and human activities

By Sally Campbell The world’s oceans take up more than a quarter of the carbon humans are emitting into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, partially mitigating the greenhouse effect of that carbon. The Southern Ocean accounts for nearly 40 percent of this marine carbon absorption, even though it makes up only one-fifth of Earth’s ocean …

Citizen science helps to protect dolphins and whales in Scotland

Record numbers take part in citizen science to protect whales and dolphins off Scotland’s west coast By Morven Summers, 21 February 2020, published by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Feature image shows a common dolphin in waters near the Summer Isles. Copyright to HWDT. Record numbers of volunteers took part in research expeditions organised …

Coastal Futures 2020

A report by Sally Campbell on the Coastal Futures Conference in London, January 2020 The annual Conference covered many aspects of the marine environment. It was day One which provided a wake-up call to us all as it covered Climate Change and the marine environment. The Climate Emergency 2019 may well go down as the …

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 …