Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

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COAST is a community organisation, set up in 1995, working for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Clyde.

COAST is recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations.  They were responsible for the establishment of Scotland’s first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay. They are now working towards effective management of the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA).

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In 1995, two Arran divers (Howard Wood and Don MacNeish) set up the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) with the aim of reversing the decline in Arran’s marine habitats.

The decline had largely been caused by the 1984 removal of the ban on bottom trawling and scallop dredging within three miles of the UK coast. The decimation of the fish stocks had an evident impact on Arran’s community – its last international sea-angling festival was held in 1994 and saw catches down by 96%.

Today, COAST is recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations, enjoying widespread support on Arran and beyond.

COAST promotes sustainable marine management, delivers education programmes and maintains strong links with universities to ensure independent scientific research.

Improve the local marine environment for the benefit of everyone

Help sustain the livelihood of those dependent on fishing and tourism

Increase the popularity of the area as a diving site and tourist destination

Educate future generations on the need for marine conservation

COAST is recognised worldwide as one of the UK’s leading community marine conservation organisations. They were responsible for the establishment of Scotland’s first No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay. They are now working towards effective management of the designated South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA).