Craignish Restoration of Marine and Coastal Habitat (CROMACH)

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Craignish Restoration of Marine and Coastal Habitat (CROMACH) was established to give local people a voice in marine management. It aims to encourage and promote sustainable use of local waters for recreation, fishing and other marine activities whilst protecting and allowing recovery of biodiversity and natural processes in Loch Craignish, the Sound of Jura and the Firth of Lorn, and the wider marine environment. As a community group CROMACH also raises awareness within the community on marine issues and promotes and seeks to carry out research, surveys and investigations of the local marine environment.

CROMACH are one of three communities behind the Argyll Coast and Islands Hope Spot, designated in 2019, and are closely involved with the Seawilding Project, which aims to restore native oysters to Argyll.

CROMACH is a Community Association formed to give voice to the local community to bring about effective marine management. It believes that management of the marine environment in Loch Craignish, Shuna Sound, the Sound of Jura, and the Firth of Lorn should be in the public interest and contribute to the collective benefit of the people of the peninsula of Craignish.

In 2019, CROMACH came together with other Argyll communities to sucessfully achieve the first Mission Blue Hope Spot in Scotland, and mainland UK, the Argyll Coast and Islands Hope Spot. Hope Spots are a catalyst to greater understanding, appreciation and protection of our marine environment, and they have a global reach. Collectively, they can help to protect and restore marine biodiversity on a local, regional, national and international scale.

In 2020, CROMACH and other organisations set up the Seawilding project, which aims to advance the environmental protection and improvement of Scottish coastal waters by developing and delivering projects to restore degraded marine habitats and species, including native oysters and other priority marine features around coastal shorelines.

Build community awareness and understanding of the local marine environment by highlighting potential threats

Encourage public involvement in research and surveys, holding informative events at our local village hall, and involving our local primary school as much as possible

Improve coastal & marine habitats and improve biodiversity through research and surveys and community engagement

Help sustain the livelihoods of those dependent on fishing & tourism through the improvement of habitats and biodiversity

Increase community representation in marine management by acting as a voice in decision making processes