Arran COAST December 2016
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Celebrating the life of
Tom Vella-Boyle and the best of 2016 

Tribute to Tom Vella Boyle - The best of COAST 2016 - Marine discovery centre announcement

Tribute to Tom Vella-Boyle
It is a sad goodbye to 2016 after the loss of Tom Vella-Boyle (pictured receiving COAST's Observer Ethical Award from Annie Lennox in 2008). Tom was a key member of COAST's original "dream team", whose passion and skills were key to the success of the Lamlash Bay community No Take Zone campaign. COAST co-founders Don McNeish and Howard Wood said "Tom’s generosity epitomised the spirit of community volunteering and marine activism on Arran''. Read their tribute to Tom here.
The best of 2016
There has been good news too. This year we have seen the legal enforcement of our hard-fought South Arran Marine Protected Area, followed by encouraging findings from our research - with lobsters more numerous and larger in the No Take Zone. Following local protests, Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has called in an application for an expansion to the existing salmon fish farm in Lamlash Bay. We are hopeful that the application will be rejected in the New Year. We have also worked with dozens of island and mainland schools and become part of a Scotland-wide network of coastal communities demanding fairer and more sustainable management of our seas.

We'd like to share a short video showing some of the best of 2016.

Thank you for your support and also all the volunteers and organisations - too many to name here! - who have been working with us or supporting us to improve the health of our seas through research, campaigns and educational work during 2016.

Marine Discovery Centre announcement!

We are thrilled to announce that COAST are now the proud owners of the Lamlash tennis courts and pavilion. We will be inviting you to join us in the New Year as we begin to imagine and make plans for Arran's new Marine Discovery Centre on part of the site (the existing pavilion will become COAST's MPA HQ and tennis will continue!). This community project will attract more tourists, encourage marine recreation and engage many more people with our amazing marine wildlife. We will begin fundraising in 2017.

And... a little gift from COAST
See here our new Arran MPA sea life poster.  (It is part of our new MPA leaflet which will be printed and distributed in the New Year!) 

Despite the sad end to the year, COAST's Trustees and Team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, we are sure Tom would be encouraging us all to have a wee dram and get on with our plans!

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