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 …

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 …