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 …

The Octopus Centre reopens

….and COAST re-instate the Lamlash Putting Green! After a decade of being closed due to poor drainage, COAST have worked hard to re-instate the Lamlash Putting Green. It is a far cry from your traditional putting green – the course is very rough and ready – but all participation money will be reinvested to allow …

A podcast and other news from COAST

We catch up with a few of the things that have been going on at COAST over the summer… Earlier last month, The Ferret published a podcast on the recent bottom towed fishing impact off Brodick Bay, and the need for real protection of our wider inshore waters. Featuring Russ Cheshire of COAST, Nick Underdown …

Home schooling activities with COAST’s MerPack

Planning your home schooling week and looking for something a little different? Delve into COAST’s MerPack for a fascinating alternative to the usual home school routine. The Marine Education Resource pack is free to download and is full of fun ideas and activities. There are five sections, each with a different focus, including information on …

Mermaid’s Purse reveals treasure at the Octopus Centre

Here is some exciting news from COAST https://www.arrancoast.com/ – The story of Wee Sharky: It was mid-summer 2019 when COAST divers took a dip in the South Arran MPA, where they came across something very special – a Mermaid’s Purse. They discovered this treasure secured tightly to seaweed by curly tendrils located at the both …