The story of COAST: Communities making waves

The story of COAST: Communities making waves
May 20, 2021 Cork Harbour Festival
  • June 10, 2021
    19:00 - 20:00

In association with Cork Nature Network.

Cork Nature Network are delighted to invite you to a talk Marine Protected Areas with Russell Cheshire from the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST).

COAST is a community-led organisation that has made a huge difference to the conservation and restoration of the seas around Arran and the Clyde for the past 25 years. They proposed and achieved protection, in 2008, for the first community-led No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay (NTZ). In 2016, the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) extended this area to nearly 300 sq km to exclude scallop dredging but allow for other, potentially more sustainable, fishing methods in various zones. In 2018, they opened the COAST Discovery Centre, Scotland’s first MPA visitor centre.

COAST continue their work as active partners of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership and are heavily involved with consultations and campaigns.

Russell Cheshire has been involved with COAST as a volunteer, committee member and Trustee (Chair for 3 years) since 2009. Russell will show through real cases that “small communities, with the right amount of valid evidence and determination, can persuade governments to make changes that give long-term benefits for the environment and all that rely on it for livelihood and leisure.”

This talk is food for thought about how we can work together to improve our coastal environments.

FREE – Register:

Number of places: limit of 100 participants on Zoom

Here's a little insight into the work of Russell Cheshire!


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