COAST October 2017 Newsletter                                                                  View this email in your browser
Scottish Salmon Company strikes again

Company shows utter contempt for Arran's people and nature

After strategically withdrawing the 2015 application for an expansion of 60% in production, just before a public hearing was due, the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) now intend to double the production of their "battery salmon factory" in the waters of Arran's Marine Protected Area (MPA). Despite vehement opposition by our island community to any expansion, the SSC have also publicly stated their interest in further new salmon farm developments in the 'wider Arran area'.

A national disgrace, the controversial salmon farming industry is out of control. Every week newspapers reveal their environmental impact on Scotland's precious West Coast and on animal welfare. Just this past year they have thrown away 10 million salmon, and their use of sea lice pesticides, toxic to shellfish, soared by 1000%. The SSC farms in Loch Fyne are the “liciest” in the West Highlands.

It is mind-boggling that our government approves Marine Protected Areas, but is going to allow big industry to trash the same areas with more untreated effluent and chemicals. We question the independence of a Scottish Government that seem happy to “sell our seas”, rubber stamping industry's aim to double production by 2030. Has Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, ever seen what it looks like under a salmon cage?

Ahead of the planning application for Arran, COAST and others are calling for the SSC to hold transparent public meetings. The attitude of the SSC to local community opinion was revealed in leaked emails in 2012. Dr Rebecca Dean, the current Head of Environment for SSC, described Arran’s community as potentially worse to deal with than the Harris community, ‘a guaranteed vipers nest’. The same e-mail thread clearly shows their strategic approach of ‘let the locals get used to it’ then increase the fish farm’s size over time.

The industry uses its money and influence to greenwash its image and pacify government and communities; Sport Scotland for instance is delighted with the industry's investment in the Scottish game of shinty while our university graduates are being coached and paid to be "industry ready". This "community support" also happens locally; through the SSC’s collaboration with Theatre Scotland, the company's activity leaflets are being distributed to Arran and other West Coast children through local primary schools, promoting their artificially coloured, pesticide-treated salmon to our children as a superfood.  

This is a call to all Scottish political parties to get their act together and stand up for West Coast communities and environment before it’s too late.

For more information on how you can help us stop this expansion please visit our website, check out our leaflet or send us an email.
Give us ten!
Please follow this link to give your 10 votes for Arran's Community Marine Learning Centre - it takes just one minute! Watch our fun video to find out why this project is important to locals and visitors to Arran. If we get enough votes we'll be one of the 8 finalists for the Aviva Community Fund awards. Thank you!
Filmmaking with Arran youth
In collaboration with Invisible Dust and community filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall, our young people from the Arran Youth Foundations will be learning how to film, interview and will be talking with community members who are tied to the sea in different ways. This will feed into the SHORE project film about West Coast communities and the sea and will be launched at our new centre and will travel Scotland on the Screen Machine.
Sharing COAST's story
Howard went to the Europarc conference in Portugal last month to discuss how important it is for marine protected areas to gain the recognition and same level of protection as terrestrial parks. 
We were thrilled to have Simon Barnes and FFI's Sarah Rakowski visiting us and we are looking forward to his piece in the Sunday Times magazine about coastal communities and Scottish seas.
COAST on the move
Our new address will be:
Old Pavilion, Lamlash,
Isle of Arran,
KA27 8LS
Pop by and say hello next time you are passing!
Coastal Communities Network NEW website
COAST is excited and proud to be part of this fantastic network of coastal communities accross Scotland who are all working hard to take care of their coasts and seas. Have a look at our amazing new website, facilitated by FFI and supported by many individuals and organisations. It's packed with great photos and information.
Deposit Return Scheme
The Scottish Government last month announced that a deposit return scheme for drinks containers will be implemented. This follows a long fought campaign #haveyougotthebottle and is a huge positive step to protect our oceans. 
Videos of the Month
The wait is over for the highly anticipated series, Blue Planet II. Catch up with the first episode to discover surfing dolphins, tactical orcas and protective walrus! 

"A Plastic Voyage" documents the Round Britain journey of the ladies of eXXpedition who set sail this summer to raise awareness of ocean plastic.

Seasearch visitors
We were delighted to welcome back Claire Youdale this September, along with Seasearch coordinators Rob Spray and Dawn Watson. With our Chair, Howard Wood, they surveyed areas within the No Take Zone and the MPA. 
Funding boost from LEADER 
We are delighted to announce EAFRD funding for Arran’s Community Marine Hub – Phase 2: Facility fit out, conservatory and energy efficiency. We are grateful to all who helped us with this application and for the ongoing support from the team of the Argyll and the Islands LEADER 2014-2020 programme.  
Species of the month: Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis)
Beaches in Cornwall have been flooded this summer by thousands of these stranded siphonophores - animals closely related to jellyfish. Easily distinguished by their balloon-like float in vivid blue, violet or pink colours, this animal has a painful and potentially, but rarely, fatal sting so is best avoided if encountered.
Photo credit: Robyn Shilland
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