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 …

What Can I Do?

What Can I Do? By Sally Campbell When I was young, I thought activism was a sprint, And I worked around the clock, hoping for quick change. When I was older, I learned activism is a marathon, and I learned to pace myself. At eighty-two , I realize it is neither sprint nor marathon; it …

Members’ Debate on Establishing More No Take Zones

A report from local MSP Kenneth Gibson On 15 December, I was privileged to lead a parliamentary debate on the success of ‘No Take’ Zones (NTZ) and how they protect Scotland’s precious marine life. This was my second Member’s debate since the chamber reopened in September. On 08 September my debate on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum …

Film screening of The Limit, a film by the OurSeas coalition

An online evening with the Ourseas coalition, COAST and Eco Savvy On 17th November, COAST and Eco Savvy joined up with the OurSeas coalition for the screening of the The Limit. The event was part of a virtual roadshow around Scotland, to highlight the issues concerning inshore fisheries, particularly during this time when the UK …

Our Collective Responsibility

By Sally Campbell Sir David Attenborough in closing the Programme “Extinction: The Facts” said with heartfelt conviction: “I do truly believe that together we can create a better future. I might not be here to see it. If we make the right decisions at this critical moment, we can safeguard the planet’s ecosystems, its extraordinary …

On Fish Farms by Mowi

The Reality of Salmon Farm Fish Escapes Marine Harvest, now renamed Mowi Some Data and some Thoughts! By Sally Campbell What is wrong with caged farmed salmon escaping into the wild? Surely this is a good thing? No more cruelty – they will help supplement the progressive loss of wild salmon populations and recreational fishermen …

It is time for a global ocean rescue plan

By Sally Campbell See: www.greenpeace.org We have a unique opportunity to agree a global rescue plan for the oceans and their incredible life, bringing them back from the brink of collapse caused by the climate crisis, overfishing, pollution and the search for oil and minerals in the seabed. The good news? This year, we have …

Help needed with marine research

Marine research continues on Arran Arran’s No Take Zone (NTZ) and Marine Protected Area (MPA) have proven that, with the right protection, seabed habitats and biodiversity will recover. Research by the University of York, published earlier this year, showed a dramatic increase of lobsters, scallops and marine biodiversity within these reserves. The NTZ and MPA …

UK Marine Protected Areas and overfishing in the oceans

Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. How can we protect the Inshore Waters and their communities? 30X30: A Blueprint for Ocean Protection By Sally Campbell This Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 17 June 2020. Sadly however, the vote to support the Wildlife Crime Bill Amendment 61 as proposed by …

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 …