Make a splash with Arran’s new Snorkel Trail

COAST and the Scottish Wildlife Trust released this message in the summer with the launch of Arran’s new snorkel trail.  The sea surrounding the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland is bursting with marine life. For over a decade, parts of the area have been highly protected against any extraction and therefore …

SSC continue with North Arran Salmon Farm appeal

In their Summer newsletter COAST report that The Scottish Salmon Company have officially launched an appeal against the rejection of the planning application by North Ayrshire Planning Committee. Featured image credit James Appleton. North Arran Salmon Farm We are sad to report that the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) are persisting with their plans for an …

Could you be COAST’s next manager?

Do you have the experience to manage one of Scotland’s foremost community-led and award-winning marine conservation groups? Leading our dedicated team on the Isle of Arran you will have excellent strategic and people skills, a demonstrated commitment to conservation and the ability to realise the full potential of COAST’s unique Discovery Centre. Community of Arran …

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 …