South Arran MPA designated!
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Arran celebrates MPA success

Now time for Government ban on all scallop dredging within protected area!

It's been an exciting time for COAST and the Isle of Arran. The only entirely community-developed and proposed nature conservation marine protected area, the South Arran MPA, has now been designated by the Scottish Government. This was announced by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and for the Environment, on 24 July 2014. Following three years of campaigning and consultation, the South Arran MPA was designated with 29 others (including two more in the Clyde) to form a network of MPAs around Scotland.

Could it be that the Scottish Government and Marine Scotland with advice from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), are showing the leadership our waters have long-needed? Marine Scotland and SNH certainly deserve praise for delivering the designation of the Scottish MPA network in the face of stiff opposition from vested interests. Both organisations have worked hard to achieve this and supported our proposal as part of the MPA network. SNH have conducted seabed studies mapping South Arran MPA species and habitats.

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Help us celebrate!

Celebrate the designation of South Arran MPA on 23 August, 2-4pm, Lamlash Green: kid’s activities, music and burger stall. It's your MPA and we would like to acknowledge your support! South Arran MPA Congratulations 

Marine NGOs assist coastal communities

In partnership with COAST and other marine NGOs Kerri Whiteside was appointed by Fauna and Flora International in June to assist Scottish coastal communities working for better coastal marine management.
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Barrel jellyfish

A return to a healthier Clyde could mean jellyfish are kept in check. Find out here about the fascinating Barrel Jellyfish.
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Suspect boat

COAST and the Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation (SCFF) have tracked down a suspected illegal scallop dive boat. The diver returned scallops to the NTZ following a request by COAST skippers. He was later identified on the mainland after a picture of the boat was distributed on facebook by the SCFF. Marine Scotland Compliance are investigating.

Marine Mobile a step closer

COAST was awarded an Arran Trust grant of £3000 to help buy and fit-out a mobile marine interpretation unit.
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COAST in the Press!

We've had loads of MPA coverage lately - despite competition from Commonwealth Scottie Dogs! Find out what the press have been saying.
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NTZ and MPA surveys

Matt Judge, a York Uni MSc student, updates us on this year's NTZ and MPA research work.
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Angling for a Change

Not so long ago there were fish worth catching!
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Cameroonians visit COAST

In June we played host to the Scottish Cameroonian Association. Our board member Jim Henderson tells the story of how we came together for a cultural exchange and fun in the sun on Brodick beach. 
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Curley's Cave Carnival

Lamlash green was filled with colour as the children from the Curley's Cave workshop ran with their kites to celebrate the South Arran MPA.
Thank you to Cicely Gill and Rosie Guy for making this event such a success!
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