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Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)
While Don Macneish and his good friend Howard Wood dived and fished around the coast of Arran for several decades they realised the abundance and diversity of marine life was disappearing before their eyes. Finally after a great deal of procrastination they decided that something had to be done and they were the only ones mad enough to try and do it.

Eventually this lead to the founding of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust in 1995, an organisation that grew organically from its grassroots into champion for marine environmental justice, it has consistently punched above its weight politically due entirely to the commitment of the locals of Arran to try and protect the marine habitat around their shores for future generations. Don and his wife Kathleen raised their two children on Arran and have lived there permanently for over 45 years.