Time to get dredgers out of MPA's
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Time to get dredgers out of MPAs

Let's start to recover our marine life and coastal economies

The second of February marked the end of Marine Scotland's consultation on management proposals for Scotland's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), including the South Arran MPA. Thank you to all our supporters who took the time to respond to the consultation! COAST were copied into over 50 individual letters sent to Marine Scotland and Richard Lochhead (Cabinet Secretary), all of which called for a ban on scallop dredging and bottom trawling within the South Arran MPA. This follows over 1400 respondents who have already declared their support for a mobile-gear-free MPA (many would like the return of the three mile limit - see below). We know that other communities and organisations around Scotland are just as determined to make Marine Protected Areas mean what they say.

COAST Chair, Howard Wood says 'It's time for effective, well articulated marine management. Our MPAs must be managed in a way that contributes to the Government's wider marine commitments. Lets not take the 'P' out of our MPAs! Marine Scotland cannot continue to hide behind their own narrow definitions of what constitutes a marine protected area. The public won't buy it, COAST won't buy it and the Scottish Government will have lost a real opportunity to make a contribution to the health of our marine life and coastal economies.'

Government report suggests mobile-gear a constraint on wealth 
COAST has long argued that mobile gear damages coastal economies. Now an economic assessment on the management of Scottish inshore fisheries, commissioned by Marine Scotland from Grid Economics has suggested that the exclusion of high impact fishing methods such as trawling and dredging within 3 miles could provide huge economic benefits - up to 1.3 bn in the next 20 years to the Scottish economy. Read more here.

COAST's response to the MPA Management Consultation

This Month's Videos

 Don't Take the P Out of Scotland's MPA's
One Percent is Not Enough

The most pious of all of bivalves

King Scallops are one of the most iconic and well known bivalve species found in Scottish waters. Scallops are the second most valuable shellfish species landed in Scotland but their shells once had a more spiritual relevance. Read more here. 

Dredging consultation

COAST submitted its response to the Marine Scotland consultation on New Controls in the Scottish King Scallop Fishery. We welcome Marine Scotland’s recognition of the environmental issues facing the scallop dredging industry and the need for regulation. How about environmental impact assessments to start with? Click here to read COAST's full response.

COAST Funders

COAST's core funding comes from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the John Ellerman Foundation. We also receive project funding from a wide range of smaller funders and many individuals. Thank you!

Chinese delegation
learns from COAST

In January COAST hosted a delegation of Chinese Government, University and NGO representatives from the Zhejiang province in China. The group came to learn about community based coastal campaigning and how govenments can improve coastal management. A full report of their trip can be read here.

Sue's sea tales

Sue Weaver is back safely on Arran after her Atlantic Exxpedition. After weeks aboard the ‘Sea Dragon’, a 72 ft yacht, Sue spoke to COAST volunteer, Sinéad, about her Atlantic experiences. Read the article here. 

January Volunteer

Our first volunteer of 2015 is Sinéad Sheridan. Sinéad studied Zoology at the University of Glasgow and has worked in Southern Africa on fisheries issues and food security. While here she has been working on social media and preparing our Marine Education Resource Pack for publication. She gave a presentation this week at the Arran Outdoor Education Center to school children from Ayrshire.  

Marine life Ambassadors are real stars

COAST's Ambassadors have been active. Katie Clark MP congratulated us in an Early Day Motion at Westminster for our 2014 Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation. Kenneth Gibson MSP also congratulated us and brought the entire Holyrood Finance Committee to Arran. We had the opportunity to stress the economic potential of MPAs. COAST co-founder Don MacNeish is spreading the word in the south seas. Cameraman Doug Anderson continues to reveal the world's marine wonders in film. And Dr Leigh Howarth is soon to publish a paper related to the Lamlash No Take Zone.

Coastal TV special

Cameron McNeish came to Arran as part of his 'Western Way' walk which spanned the Mull of Galloway to Oban. He was eager to learn about COAST's work and interviewed Andrew Binnie, COAST Executive Director while walking Arran's coast. The programme aired on BBC 2 Scotland during the festive season.

Events at Easter

COAST's 2015 events programme will start off with our annual Easter egg hunt and beach scramble on Easter Saturday, 4 April on the Lamlash green. Click here for more details.
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