Members of the Arran u3a group learned about Arran’s marine conservation efforts when newly appointed director of Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), Áine Purcell-Milton, provided them with an informative talk at their May monthly meeting in Whiting Bay Hall.
The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) is running a year-long media campaign to raise awareness of the many exciting habitats and species that can be found in Arran’s seas, many protected by the South Arran Marine Protected Area.
The December article is their final installment and it covers marine life during winter. There is more information on COAST’s social media or visit www.arrancoast.com
In May 2019, the Scottish government declared a global climate emergency in response to climate change linked to elevated levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. With Glasgow hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the end of the month, there is a lot of attention on climate change and the personal and collective actions that we can take to ensure a habitable planet for the future.
An alliance of marine businesses, community groups, Scottish fishing associations, and environmental and recreational groups, known as the Our Seas alliance, has warned that west coast cod populations have collapsed and that Government’s protection measures offer little protection or chance of the population ever recovering.
If we are asked what the sea provides for us, most of us probably think of the food that it produces. This will include fish and shellfish (such as lobsters, crabs, prawns, scallops and mussels) which are some of the more familiar species that we find around Arran and elsewhere around Scotland and the UK.