COAST - Community of Arran Seabed Trust
Community of Arran Seabed Trust
Have Your Say on the Arran MPA!
Public consultation on marine planning begins

COAST welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate community support for the Government’s proposed network of 33 Scottish Marine Protected Areas during the 16 week public consultation. The network includes 4 much-needed MPAs in the Clyde including the proposed South Arran MPA. (COAST MPA Consultation News Release).

We value your support and comments. Please read COAST's position on SNH's management options paper for South Arran and let us know what you think. The consultation is part of a wider Marine Scotland consultation on marine planning. We will be analysing the relevant consultation papers over the next month, talking to local stakeholders and providing advice on the best way to provide a written response.
Marine Scotland and SNH will hold a consultation on Arran on the 28th of August at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick between 1pm and 8pm. Please pop in and tell them why we need an MPA for Arran (See FAQs etc below).
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Marine Protected Area FAQ's: Muddled about MPA’s? No clue about No Take Zones? Find the answers to COAST’s most frequently asked questions here!

Feather Star

Feather Stars

The species of the month is the feather star: a surprisingly exotic animal that frequents our shores. Their unique shape and structure helps to enhance the structural complexity of the seafloor. Clinging on with claw-like appendages clustered under the middle of their arms. Read More
COAST NTZ Research

NTZ sea life bounces back!

Research showing seabed and scallop recovery within NTZ is a boost for Arran MPA. Link to research and latest findings from 4 years of surveys.
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How to Get Involved

What can you do? Visit our MPA facebook page to see what the community has been doing, look at the fantastic Octopus Mosaic made by Robin Jenks. Get an MPA window sticker.
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Howard Wood - Video


Arran South MPA: The campaign and what we still need to do! Overview talk from Howard Wood.
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Trisha Murphy has joined the COAST Team this summer as video editor.

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MPA National Picture

The Arran MPA is one of 33 proposed Nature Conservation MPA proposals in Scotland. If every one of these proposals were taken through to designation, the new MPAs would represent 12% of the area of Scotland’s seas.
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If you have enjoyed reading this newsletter and feel supportive of COAST, please get in touch. Our work to date has been made possible by charitable funding, government grants, individual donations and a lot of voluntary time and effort. If you would like to offer any financial support, you can donate via the website. Alternatively feel free to contact us at

Thank you for reading COAST’s 29h newsletter a Special Marine Protected Area edition. Thanks to Gus Robson for his fantastic Octopus photo  We will publish our newsletters monthly to help keep you informed during the Scottsh MPA public consultation. We hope you are looking forward to the next edition - due in Sept!

Coming in the next newsletter:

- Economic benefits of MPAs
- Report on the Marine Scotland and SNH consultation visit to Arran

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