Unintended consequences for global and inshore waters

By Sally Campbell. Featured image, Greenpeace POW Protect the Oceans. NYC. Credit: greenpeace.org Words can be powerful, but they can also be empty of meaning. When it comes to the global climate crisis, most of us are dedicated to holding politicians to account on their policies – and that they take on board what is …

Scottish Government’s plans will “squeeze the life” from inshore fisheries

Scottish Government’s plans will “sacrifice cod stocks” and “squeeze the life” from inshore fisheries, say campaigners. A press release from the Our Seas Coalition. Featured image credit: Thinkstock. Campaigners have slammed new Scottish Government plans that will allow trawlers to throw away fish at sea, further depleting fish stocks such as west coast cod. The Scottish …

United Nations Convention of the Sea 2022

By Sally Campbell What is the “International legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction”? “In its resolution 72/249 of 24 December 2017, the General Assembly of the UN decided to convene an Intergovernmental …

Clyde cod closure

Writing on 13th January 2022, a note from COAST on the recent news of the closure to fishing in the Clyde during the cod spawning season: Clyde cod closure – protection finally means protection Closure from 13th February – 30th April 2022 and 14th Feb 2023 – 30th April 2023 Delighted by today’s announcement by …

SNP-Greens Deal fails to deliver sustainability in Scotland’s seas

By campaign group Open Seas. First published on their website on 23 August 2021 The new SNP-Green deal is breaking new ground for Scottish politics. It has been cautiously welcomed from some environmental quarters, but does it promise anything new for the sustainability of our seas, and can it deliver? In the first deal of …

What does Silent Spring tell us about our marine environment in Scotland?

Following on her article about the life and work of Rachel Carson in this issue, Sally Campbell looks at the lessons we can learn from Silent Spring in order to address the damage that is being doing to marine ecosystems today. Featured image shows a Kelp forest. Credit: George Stoyle SNH. Out of sight and …

So, what is marine plankton bloom?

In this article Sally Campbell explains the why we have been experiencing the bright blue seas around Arran over the last month. Featured image shows Lamlash Bay waters 24th June 2021. Photo credit: Sally Campbell. Plankton are a diverse collection of microscopic plants and animals that live in the sea. Plankton blooms sometimes termed algal …

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 …

Seaspiracy

SEASPIRACY Netflix 2hrs 20 minutes Article by Sally Campbell Featured image shows: The world’s second largest factory fishing trawler, the Lithuanian FV Margiris, was among 25 supertrawlers fishing in protected UK waters in 2020. Photograph: Greenpeace/PA Seaspiracy is a 2021 documentary film about the environmental impact of fishing, directed by and starring Ali Tabrizi, a …

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 …