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 UKâ€™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: â€œArran 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.â€
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