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 …

The National Trust for Scotland calls for new marine safeguards

National Trust for Scotland calls for new marine safeguards and expansion of protected areas in election manifesto The proposal would support tourism and a sustainable fishing industry The National Trust for Scotland is calling for the expansion of Scotland’s Marine Protected Area (MPA) network to protect and preserve sea life and help support coastal communities and …

The Long Read: Despite Millstone Point, our campaigning is not yet done!

DESPITE MILLSTONE POINT, OUR CAMPAIGNING IS NOT YET DONE! From Deep Sea to Inshore Scottish Waters By Sally Campbell Featured image shows Deep sea life in the Azores – Spiral Tube Worm. Photo credit: Greenpeace Gavin Newman Deep Sea Issues Greenpeace’s report In Deep Water provides a comprehensive overview of the environmental risks posed by deep …

OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021

The OurSeas Marine Hustings 2021 Thursday 8th April 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm In the lead up to the Scottish Elections the OurSeas coalition is hosting Marine Hustings to hear parties’ approaches to Marine Conservation. The OurSeas coalition comprises over 100 organisations campaigning for better protection of the marine environment, including COAST and Eco Savvy …

Crown Estate Scotland (CES)

Crown Estate Scotland – What is it? Environmental responsibilities? What about the marine environment? INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PUBLIC BODY “Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation established in 2017 and governed by the Scottish Crown Estate Act 2019. Its purpose is investing in property, natural resources and people to generate lasting value for Scotland. …

Scottish Government in legal fight to stop sustainable fishing trial

How do we look after our inshore marine environment? Surely not this way? Scottish Government carry on legal fight to stop sustainable fishing trial Scottish Government have lodged an appeal against the order made by Lady Poole of the Court of Session requiring them to reconsider a sustainable fishing pilot in the Inner Sound of …