A Global Ocean Treaty ties in with the Climate Emergency

Sally Campbell, Arran resident and marine scientist, reports on the progress of the work of Greenpeace in developing a Global Ocean Treaty with countries across the world. My privilege this last two years has been to represent a major funding donor by participating in progress reporting and discussion within the Greenpeace team in one of …

The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection

“The Critical Path to Global Ocean Protection” Greenpeace’s strategy for Protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030 A report from Sally Campbell With all the focus on the sustainability of salmon fish farming off Arran’s spectacular coastline and questioning over its environmental impacts there is some encouraging news about our seas. After decades of industrial …

So what do YOU think of Scottish Salmon Company’s North Arran Proposal?

By Sally Campbell, marine scientist and environmental campaigner. We all make choices, sometimes in a very logical process and sometimes emotionally, and even sometimes both. But however we come to a decision about a brand, a product, our evening meal, we make a judgement, and usually, I hope, that includes that it has been produced …

Tipping waste into our marine environment

Tipping waste into our marine environment – a report from Lamlash resident and marine scientist Sally Campbell The Isle of Arran Distillers was granted a licence to discharge up to 60,000 litres per day of mixed untreated distillery effluent over 2 x 3 hour periods each day into Kilbrannan Sound, transported to the outfall head …

Marine Scotland Meet the Community

By Cheryl Burgess and Paul Chandler, COAST The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) hosted Marine Scotland Compliance officers on 8th November. The seminar, held at the COAST Octopus Centre was fully-booked and attended by members of the public, COAST staff, and volunteers who were interested to hear how they and Marine Scotland Compliance (MSC) …

Antarctica Ocean Sanctuary – ‘Not this year’

A report from Sally Campbell on the latest developments concerning the Antartica Ocean Sanctuary A plan to turn a huge tract of pristine Antarctic ocean into the world’s biggest sanctuary has been rejected, throwing the future of one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems into doubt. The 1.8m sq km reserve – five times the …

Scottish Salmon Company, American Excellence Awards, and Other Issues

By Sally Campbell On Landward, a special programme on Saving our Salmon (see Landward on BBC iplayer 2018.2019: 25 Saving our Salmon) the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) declined to come clean and discuss the appalling sight of salmon damaged with raw flesh eaten by parasitic sea lice in their Roag salmon farm in the Outer …

Stories from Scotland’s Seabed: Flame Shell Beds

In the final part of the Stories from Scotland’s Seabed series which highlights different marine creatures and their habitats, Open Seas tells us about Flame Shell beds. Flame shells are small, cockle-like shells. Their stunning red tentacles emerge from their shell and flow in the passing currents like flames (hence the name). However, their colour …

Stories from Scotland’s Seabed Part 3 – Horse Mussel Beds

In the third part of their series, Stories from Scotland’s Seabed, Open Seas looks at the history and current habitat of Horse Mussels. Background Horse mussels look like giant cousins of the mussels you’ll find in the fishmongers – they are a huge mollusc! In Gaelic they are known as ‘clabby dhu’ meaning black mouth, a …

Stories from Scotland’s Seabed Part 2 – Native Oysters

In their series Stories from Scotland’s Seabed, the campaigning organisation Open Seas look at different seafloor species and their role in underpinning the health of our sea. They focus on three particular species which (along with 70 others) have been identified as “Priority Marine Features” by the Scottish government, and are some of the most important species …