Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Environment | Marine | Campaigning | Other
Amount Awarded
Year Awarded
Length of Award
36 months
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COAST is a community organisation working for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and Clyde. It had its first success in 2008 when one square mile of Lamlash Bay on the South East side of Arran’s 57-mile coastline was made a No Take Zone (NTZ) through existing fisheries legislation. In 2014, the NTZ was augmented by the creation of a Marine Protection Area around the South of Arran out to three nautical miles.

COAST is recognised as a hub for marine interpretation, research and marine tourism. With an impressive track record of community-led action, COAST has demonstrable wider influence in protecting the UK’s coastal waters by promoting the set-up of sustainable fisheries groups such as The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust and the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation. It has also been an incubator for growing practical talent, with many of its volunteers going on to strengthen the marine conservation sector.

We have supported COAST with four grants since 2006, the most recent of which was a £150,000 grant in 2014 towards its core costs over three years. This grant fits our environment priorities under Large-scale conservation of natural habitats on land and at sea, and our aims as work which catalyses system change.