COAST wins Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation
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COAST Wins Prestigious Marine Conservation Award

Urges Government to deliver effective MPA management

COAST has been awarded the 2014 Nature of Scotland Award for Marine Conservation.  Recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations, COAST has been acknowledged for its outstanding work in promoting sustainable marine management around the isle of Arran. The Marine Conservation Award is sponsored by Marine Scotland and the awards are hosted by the RSPB (COAST also reached the shortlist for a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland 2014 award).

COAST's Manager Andrew Binnie said:  “Arran and COAST have been at the forefront of community-led marine conservation for nearly 20 years. During that time we have established Scotland's first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay and just this summer, the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA). We are thrilled to have our work recognised and to receive this prestigious award.  However, we still have a lot to do. While we appreciate the work Scottish Natural Heritage and Marine Scotland have put into the Clyde MPAs we need to continue to press the Scottish Government to put effective management in place for the South Arran MPA and others.  The current proposals offer very little actual protection from harmful fishing practices such as scallop dredging and bottom trawling. MPAs must be more than paper parks and the Scottish Government has to give the Firth of Clyde a real chance to recover. Our seas must be managed  for all stakeholders and economic reports into inshore fisheries should be available for all to read.”  

COAST urges the Government to recognise that MPAs must exclude scallop dredging and bottom trawling if MPAs are are to live up to their name. To support the Arran MPA please write to your MSP, MP and Marine Scotland demanding that mobile gear is banned from our Marine Protected Area.

Marine Scotland documents for the South Arran MPA public consultation:
South Arran MPA approaches overview
South Arran MPA approaches maps
South Arran MPA approaches

Photo: Chris Packham, Euan Mcllwraith, Andrew Binnie and Paul Wheelhouse
Top Photo: COAST demonstrators at Marine Scotland's Arran MPA drop-in consultation

Lets get writing!
If you would like to respond to the MPA management consultation but would like more information please contact Andy Telford at  a.telford@arrancoast.com
or call 01770 600656
New Video: The true cost of dredging 
In this new video edited by COAST's Matt Judge and Andy Telford we highlight The True cost of Dredging. 
Monkey Puzzle bryozoan find
During this summer's MPA baseline dive survey's Howard Wood, Clare Youdale and Gus Robson discovered a rare marine organism believed to be a Monkey Puzzle Bryozoan. It was growing to a larger than normal size and in relative abundance within the MPA. This species is not a listed Marine Priority Feature but COAST and the marine scientific community would like it to receive full protection within the MPA. Read more about the species here.

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Shop online! or visit the COAST office, Arran Active in Brodick or come along to the Whiting Bay Hall Christmas Market Saturday 6th December! 

 
Marine Conservation Order amended
COAST is a community organisation which wants to see the recovery of a healthy and diverse coastal ecosystem. To this end we have always advocated a switch to more sustainable fishing methods such as creeling and hand diving which have far less impact on the seabed if properly managed. COAST is not an anti fishing group. We therefore welcome Marine Scotland's amendment to the South Arran Marine Conservation Order which will now allow some managed creeling under permit within two of the three MCO areas discussed in our last newsletter. Sea angling will also be allowed.

Marine Community Support Project

COAST and Fauna & Flora International (FFI)’s Marine Community Support Officer, Kerri Whiteside, has been busy travelling around the coast of Scotland, meeting with interested coastal communities and supporting them in having a stronger say on the protection of their local marine waters. Read more.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

COAST has had a phenomenal year and would like to thank all our supporters, volunteers and funders. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and thank you!  Read more...
 
Save Scotland's Seas
COAST supports the SSS campaign to not take the 'P' out of Scotland's MPAs. Please add your support to the national campaign for effective MPA management.
Don't take the 'P' out of MPAs!
Arran to Arnavon PhD advertised
This jointly supervised Edinburgh & SAMS PhD will explore the dynamics of ecosystem service trade-offs within community based Marine Protected Areas in Scotland and the Solomon Islands. Application details.
Sue at helm
- mid Atlantic

COAST volunteer and Exxpedition crew member Sue Weaver is two weeks into her Atlantic crossing on Sea Dragon. The sail is raising awareness around ocean plastics and toxins and their effects on women's health. Read their inspiring blog here. Thank you for the donations to date, Sue has raised over £600 for COAST already! To donate to COAST/Sue Weaver click here.
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