Lamlash Bay NTZ paves the way for revival of UK seabeds

A dramatic increase in species abundance and biodiversity has been documented in a long-term study of Arran’s No Take Zone. COAST’s pioneering work is now acting as a blueprint for similar marine conservation projects elsewhere in Britain, paving the way for the revival of UK seabeds. Marine life has returned at dramatic levels to the …

An update on the Arran Salmon Farm Campaign

Here is an update on developments concerning the status of the north Arran Salmon Farm proposal in the application process with North Ayrshire Council. The North Ayrshire Planning Committee were due to meet in January to discuss the North Arran Salmon Farm proposal. However, this has been postponed until Wednesday 19th February at the earliest …

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 …

Responding to the North Arran Salmon Farm Planning Application

With the news last week that the Danish government are halting any further expansion of open cage salmon farming in their oceans, we hope that the Scottish government (and before that NAC) will follow their example and consider the recent application to the for the proposed farm in the north Arran as ecologically unfit for …

COAST Film Night – Vitamin Sea

Tuesday 10th September. 7.15pm, Arran Community Theatre, Lamlash. Vitamin Sea documents the journey of one woman; Cal Major. In the summer of 2018, Cal completed a world record stand up paddle board expedition from Land’s End to John O’Groats – the whole length of the UK! This 80-minute film focuses on community action around plastic …

The ‘Stop Fish Farm Expansion’ campaign gains momentum

On Saturday, 29th June, Georgina Lepley-Maclean swam the last five hour leg of her circumnavigation of Arran, returning to the point in North Sannox from where she started at the beginning of June. This amazing effort was to highlight the danger to this unspoiled piece of coastline from the Scottish Salmon Company’s (SSC) proposal to …

Screening of ‘Artifishal’ – 9th July in Lamlash

ARTIFISHAL will be screening at Arran Community Theatre in Lamlash, Isle of Arran. Tuesday 9th July @ 19:00. Admission by donation. Open to all. Produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and directed by Josh “Bones” Murphy, ARTIFISHAL “brings into sharp focus the plight of wild fish due to hatcheries and fish farms. The film takes …

Summer snorkelling with COAST

Looking for the chance to learn to snorkel safely, build your confidence and have fun, whilst being taught by fully qualified BSAC instructors? Then join COAST for one of our snorkel taster sessions! Participants will learn how to use and fit equipment, how to snorkel safely and then be taken on a snorkelling session to …

COAST call for a Marine Rebellion

Having fought off the expansion of the fish farm in Lamlash Bay last year, the proposal for a new one off the north east of Arran was never going to be met with much community support. The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) who are proposing the new mega farm, are trying to make contact with the …

Events at COAST in May

Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May  Seagrass community film workshop Are you interested in filming and photographing what you see above and below the water? Are you keen to learn how to edit content and contribute to a community film at the same time? Do you enjoy snorkelling and/or being by the sea? Want to …