The Big Seaweed Search

This month COAST has been focusing on kelp and other seaweeds in their series which looks at the habitats and species that are found under the waves in the South Arran Marine Protected area. In some of their posts on social media they have highlighted The Big Seaweed Search , a citizen science project that …

Job Ad – COAST Manager

Do you have the experience to manage Arran’s multi award-winning marine conservation group? Leading our dedicated island team, you will have excellent strategic and people skills, a demonstrated commitment to the environment, and the ability to help us realise the full potential of COAST’s unique Discovery Centre. For full application details or to discuss this …

SSC apply for SEPA CAR license to continue their salmon farm proposals

The Faroese owned Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) are persisting with their plans to develop an open cage salmon farm at Millstone Point, Arran despite the unanimous rejection by the North Ayrshire Council Planning Committee, in March, and large scale local and mainland opposition. This persistence indicates the large profits that are available to them to …

COAST celebrates seagrass

The following information has been published on the COAST Facebook page and collected here for the Voice. The featured image shows Seagrass in the waves on sand, photo credit Lucy Kay. As Scotland celebrates the Year of Coasts and Waters, COAST celebrates 25 years of the community of Arran’s efforts to protect our seas. Each …

Salmon Farm Refused in Arran Scenic Area

A statement from COAST: Islanders are jubilant after a proposal to build a large salmon farm off the north coast of the Isle of Arran was turned down at a North Ayrshire Planning meeting in March. Councillors on the committee voted unanimously to reject an application for planning permission from the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), …

COAST calls for vision on marine protection

Writing in their recent newsletter, COAST call for the political parties to make stronger commitments to protecting our marine ecosystems: In the lead up to the elections in May we are asking parties to set out their vision for Scotland’s seas. Alarmingly, our seas have continued to decline over the last decade. As we enter …

Film screening of The Limit

‘The Limit’ is a film about restoring the threatened connections between people and the life in our sea. It explores the impacts of drastic declines in Scotland’s fish populations and the hidden damage to our seabed. How can we bring about an urgent and fair transition towards more sustainable fishing? You are invited to the …

Extraordinary discovery in the South Arran MPA

COAST is finishing 2020 on a high as they reveal an extraordinary discovery made recently in the South Arran Marine Protected Area. Featured image shows a flame shell. Credit: Paul Kay. Community research divers have discovered an extensive flame shell living reef in our seas – estimated to cover in excess of 10,000 sq.m (that’s about …

Have your say in COAST’s development plan

COAST are reviewing our strategy! Since community is the foundation upon which we are built, we would love to hear your views as to how we can get it right for Arran’s seas! Please take part in this short survey to have your say in COAST’s development plan. See here

12th Birthday of the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone

On 22nd September COAST and the Arran community celebrated the 12th Birthday of the No Take Zone. The Lamlash Bay NTZ was established by the Scottish Government in 2008; this pioneering project shows it is possible to improve our environment, as proven by a decade worth of research. COAST said, “Twelve years ago, we could …