A Report on Untreated Waste in the Kilbrannan Sound

Dr Sally Campbell, local resident and marine scientist, reports on the plans by Marine Harvest to establish a new salmon farm and the problem of untreated waste going into the Kilbrannan Sound. It must be nearly ten years ago since Arran defeated a Marine Harvest proposal for a huge 2500 tonnes max biomass fish farm …

Heathrow as a Sign of Political Failure and Exercise in Mass Delusion

An article by Mike Small, writing in Bella Caledonia, on the recent vote by MPs in Westminster to expand Heathrow airport, a decision with enormous implications for the government’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions and for the This isn’t really about Boris, who we know is a liar and a hypocrite and a coward. This …

TAP – Arran

An update on TAP Arran, and Albatross film showing Think About Plastics – Arran (TAP) took shape at the Coast screening of A Plastic Voyage in February. A steering group was formed there to help gain Arran Plastic Free Coastline status under Surfers Against Sewage guidelines. This website  gives more information about plastic free status and …

Antimicrobial Resistance

A report from Dr. Sally Campbell “We need to join forces against resistant microbes” – with particular reference to current aquaculture practices The further concern for us all, after microplastics, is the UK rising challenge of antimicrobial resistance, known by AMR, its three-letter abbreviation. It is estimated that over 700,000 people die each year across the …

Greenpeace Research on Microplastics in Scottish Seas Published

Scientific microplastic survey of Scottish coastal waters confirms contamination The results from Greenpeace’s 2017 ship tour of Scotland have been published at the beginning of March. The scientists on the Greenpeace ship the Beluga utilised a number of different methodologies to gather more data on plastic pollution in Scottish waters than any previously published survey. …

Letters to the Editor

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR ARRAN’S MARINE ENVIRONMENT? Recently The Arran Banner headlined “Early Chance to bag first taste of Lagg. Arran Distillery Ltd hopes to raise £4.2million boost from whisky sale” and residents and visitors of Arran are encouraged to purchase casks at £6000 each of heavily malted malt whisky from the new distillery. …

Personal actions to reduce single use plastics…

The Voice has spoken to one Arran resident who has embarked on a personal plastic free journey, A Plastic Free Lent… Isla Blair says “This year, for Lent, I have decided to give up plastic! Whether this shall be possible I don’t know, but I will give more of my non-plastic experiences next month. So …

Arran’s Plastic Free Mission

With the Sunnyside’s school #NaeStrawAtAw Campaign gathering pace, and their Ocean Defenders visiting Arran early on last month, February was a month of action concerning Arran’s plastic free status and the campaigns around it. After the Sunnyside school visit, there was an evening at COAST hosted by Sue Weaver and Deborah Maw, both crew on …

A Plastic Voyage Film Evening and Discussion: A Plastic Free Island?

A Plastic Voyage The story of the voyage of the Sea Dragon as she circumnavigated the UK, into Lamlash Bay and beyond, in August 2017. COAST film evening, Friday 9th February at the Old Pavilion, Lamlash, 7.00 pm Sue Weaver and Deborah Maw, members of the all-female crew researching the presence of ocean plastics, will …

How islands force us to face plastic

How islands force us to face plastic I recently heard from a friend staying on Eigg to write up her PhD and she asked me an interesting question about how we handle our plastic waste here on Arran. On Eigg, she’s meeting the people who organise the beach cleans and hearing of their frustration at …