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 …

Chinstrap Penguins and Turtles: Two animals at risk due to climate change and human activities

By Sally Campbell The world’s oceans take up more than a quarter of the carbon humans are emitting into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, partially mitigating the greenhouse effect of that carbon. The Southern Ocean accounts for nearly 40 percent of this marine carbon absorption, even though it makes up only one-fifth of Earth’s ocean …

Citizen science helps to protect dolphins and whales in Scotland

Record numbers take part in citizen science to protect whales and dolphins off Scotland’s west coast By Morven Summers, 21 February 2020, published by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. Feature image shows a common dolphin in waters near the Summer Isles. Copyright to HWDT. Record numbers of volunteers took part in research expeditions organised …

The law of the Seas, a licence for lawlessness

Ocean-Dwelling Species Are Disappearing Twice as Quickly as Land Animals. The law of the Seas, a licence for lawlessness By Sally Campbell At the present time there is a seemingly bewildering array of treaties /protocols /conferences of international importance for the environment So what are they and what do they hope to achieve? Below is …

From the Drake passage en route to Antarctica

Protecting the oceans and standing tall for our marine environment By Sally Campbell I received a shock last week when I read in the paper that I am considered a member of a terrorist organisation, because I support an environmental group, namely Greenpeace. How many of us on Arran support environmental organisations? Historically, the first …

Coastal Futures 2020

A report by Sally Campbell on the Coastal Futures Conference in London, January 2020 The annual Conference covered many aspects of the marine environment. It was day One which provided a wake-up call to us all as it covered Climate Change and the marine environment. The Climate Emergency 2019 may well go down as the …

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 …

Government plans for kelp dredging trials raises alarm

In an article from 17th December 2019, Coastal Communities Network Scotland report on the recent news that a Scottish government ‘seaweed review group’  plans to mechanically harvest kelp next year, despite the government following calls to stop the dredging of kelp. At the end of 2018, under pressure from many community groups, with Arran’s COAST …