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The Coastal Communities Network is a collaboration of locally-focused community groups, guided by the belief that coastal communities across Scotland are well placed to harness long-term solutions to ensure healthy, well-managed seas. The Network provides the means to establish a strong communication and action platform for building the community voice within marine conservation and management in Scotland.
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.
COAST is a community organisation, set up in 1995, working for the protection and restoration of the marine environment around Arran and the Clyde. It 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).
The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust is a Scottish charity founded in 2011, to promote the sustainable management of Scotland’s inshore waters so that they provide the maximum long term socio-economic benefits to all Scotland’s coastal communities.
Outer Hebrides Against Fish Farms is a meeting point and rallying call for all those concerned about the impact of fish farming in the seas around the Outer Hebrides, and aims to unite individuals and communities in the Outer Hebrides in the fight against the multi-faceted environmental disaster that is sea-based salmon farming.
An evolving entity that emerged urgently during October 2012 in Sleat (pron. Slate), the peninsula at the south end of the Isle of Skye, in response to a sequence of four aggressive planning permission applications submitted to The Highland Council by Norwegian aquaculture companies Marine Harvest and Hjaltland Seafarms Ltd (now Grieg Seafood ASA) who wanted to install industrial scale net-cage salmon farms in Lochs Slapin and Eishort.
Sea Change Wester Ross is a local group based around the shores of the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area set up to encourage more local say in the management of inshore waters and our MPA. Sea Change wants to support the socio-economic recovery of the area by promoting sustainable seas and fishing vital to the social fabric of our community as well as boost marine tourism.
Skye Marine Concern aims to halt and reverse the expansion of salmon farming in the Skye area and beyond.
The South Skye Seas Initiative (SSSi) is a community based project for the conservation of Loch Eishort, Loch Slapin and Loch Scavaig while enhancing local employment prospects and socio-economic benefits for the community.
Salmon & Trout Conservation (S&TC) is the UK’s voice for fish and water conservation. We are the only UK charity campaigning for wild fish and where they live. Our goal is for UK waters that support abundant and sustainable populations of wild fish and all other water-dependent wildlife.
CAOLAS (also Gaelic for ‘narrow neck of water’) stands for the Loch Sunart and Sound of Mull ‘Community Association of Lochs and Sounds’. CAOLAS came together in 2015 following the designation of Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull as Marine Protected Areas. It aims to raise awareness of the unique marine environment and to encourage community involvement in its protection, preservation and sustainability.
Save Seil Sound was formed in 2011 to coordinate the 840 objections lodged by residents and visitors to a proposal to relocate and expand a fish farm to a site at Ardmaddy at the North end of Seil Sound. We were unsuccessful on that occasion but have continued to campaign against the expansion of fish farms in what is effectively one large sea loch comprising Seil, Shuna and Melfort, which even planning principles deem inappropriate. We also persuaded the European Commission to force a change to the rules about disposal of toxic waste, which can no longer be dumped on landfill sites, following a catastrophic accident at Ardmaddy. Our members include some marine scientists and other experts and we are happy to lend our expertise to other groups.
Help us to protect this wonderful place from the creeping industrialisation which threatens to damage its unique environment, wildlife and the beauty of its surroundings for local people and visitors alike.
Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of Marine Protected Areas.