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The Coastal Communities Network Newsletter
August 2021

Read on for this month's updates from CCN members, friends and supporters, including seaweed and seagrass galore!

Seagrass Harvest at Loch Craignish, Argyll

Community snorkelers and volunteers marked a milestone in Scottish inshore marine habitat restoration in mid-August by harvesting and planting seagrass in Loch Craignish. Over 60 snorkellers and volunteers from the Craignish peninsula, students from the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS) and volunteers from across Scotland took part in the project which aims to create a new ¼ hectare meadow at Loch Craignish.

Seagrass (Zostera marina) is a vital inshore marine habitat, which sequesters carbon faster than a rainforest and turns bare sand habitat into a structurally complex, productive ecosystem full of marine life. It’s also a key nursery ground for commercially important fish species such as cod, pollack, whiting and plaice, as well as herring and sea bass. Ninety-five per cent of seagrass meadows have disappeared around the UK coastline.

Read more!

Glasgow Goes Green Zine:

The recently published Glasgow Goes Green zine ‘Connections: People, Nature and Power’ includes a piece on the Argyll Hope Spot, including Castle Chorus’s music video, on pages 28 and 29.  The Our Seas Coalition also feature on page 33.

Little Loch Broom

CCN GIS session:

We held a CCN virtual session on 26th August on ‘GIS – a quick intro to maps and tools’, specifically for communities involved in marine and coastal monitoring and other projects.

This was hosted by Andy and Chelsea from FFI's analytics team via Zoom and explained how these tools (storymaps, dashboards, maps etc.) can be used to present and analyse your data, or to tell a story – some great examples here and here

Watch the recording.

CCN response to Economic Transformation Call for Views:

The Scottish Government has committed to delivering a new 10 year National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

They want to hear your ideas on how we can work together to deliver greater, greener and fairer prosperity. Please share your views / suggestions / opinions on the development of the National Strategy for Economic Transformation by emailing

The consultation end date has been extended to 3rd September.

CCN have submitted this response.

People & Planet Before Profit in National Plans
An extremely important plan that will affect you and how Scotland is developed until 2050 is being drawn up even as we speak! This video explains why this plan called the 'National Planning Framework' is important and why Planning Democracy want people to get involved in helping shape it.

Planning Democracy want this National Planning Framework to be driven BY people FOR people AND the planet. They don't want what goes into the plan to be driven by companies wanting to make profits. Contact Planning Democracy for more information.
CCN letter to the RAINE committee:

CCN have written to the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee on the importance of a healthy environment and the potential role that locally-based small-scale enterprises could play in nature protection and the local economy.  The letter also highlights a few key topics that the committee could consider as priorities in their remit, after Parliament reconvenes on 30th August.

Read the letter.

CCN Advisory Group

The CCN Advisory Group met on 31st August. Read the notes of the meeting.
The next meeting will be arranged for late September.

Seaweed Festival

Welcome to Scotland’s very first Seaweed Festival!

Scotland’s inaugural celebration of all thing’s seaweed will take place from 6 – 12th September 2021. The week-long Isle Martin Seaweed Festival, located on and around the community-owned Isle Martin in the north-west Highlands, is supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 20/21. 

Originally due to be a 3-day event in September 2020, but postponed due to the pandemic, the festival has been extended to 7 days and now also features a new online element.

Follow and share on instagram.  The Island has a YouTube channel with a Festival Preview now live: Isle Martin Seaweed Festival 2021.  To support the festival text KELP to 70085 to donate £10.


Open Seas Campaign to #EndSeafoodGreenwash:

This month, Open Seas launched the #EndSeafoodGreenwash campaign, calling for high-street retailers and seafood businesses to stop sourcing their products in ways that harm the seabed and marine life. 

You can read about the background of the campaign here, from what they are asking, to why there is lost confidence in the seafood industry’s commitment to urgent change and accountability. 

Act by sending a letter to company bosses asking them to #EndSeafoodGreenwash:
Rewilding Britain’s Incubator Fund:

Rewilding Britain are trialling a new Incubator Fund to help remove barriers to rewilding projects, particularly those that are in the early stages and are taking an innovative approach to land and marine management. Projects anywhere in Britain working to rewilding principles and part of the Rewilding Network can apply — funds will be awarded to those with potential for the highest impact for people and nature.
The first round of the Incubator Fund is now open until 30 September 2021. This is a pilot application process with the aim to open a second round of funding in early 2022.  Apply online.

Year of Stories

Year of Stories 2022 - Community Stories Fund

Organisations and groups working with communities can apply for up to £5000 to take part in and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022, with new, creative events, activities and programming, spotlighting stories inspired by, created, or written in Scotland.

Applicants are invited to respond to any of the five, cross cutting Year of Stories 2022 (YS22) programme strands:


The first funding round will be for activity taking place in the first half of 2022 or throughout the year. The application deadline is 5pm on 1 October 2021
Apply online.

Experts on offer – Highland Environment Forum:

Putting people with the know-how together with projects in need!  HEF would like to have a database of generous experts, able to offer to share your skills, so groups can find you with an easy search – by area, what is on offer (talks, guided walks etc) and by habitat and species. The detail of arrangements, including funding and transport costs, are for groups and experts to arrange together.  See the listings here.

Request to support Rights of Nature in the CBD

On July 12, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat released the first draft of the Framework, which deleted the enabling condition: "to consider, where appropriate, the rights of nature," replacing it with "employing rights-based approaches."

Earth Law Center, Rights of Mother Earth, Rights of Nature Sweden, and Earth Advocacy Youth are gaining support for the re-incorporation of Rights of Nature into The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. They are collecting individual and organisational signatures in support.

The coalition has drafted the attached recommendation, and ELC is finalizing an accompanying substantive report. Will you sign on and call for the recognition of the Rights of Nature in the CBD? Please fill out this google form! (If you are having issues, or have any questions or concerns, please contact

GCOP Polluter Awards: Looking for groups to 'accept' awards

GCOP are putting together an event to launch their Polluters Awards in the second week of September to coincide with the SNP conference. The awards can be found here. They are looking to put together an awards ceremony which features short videos of campaign groups 'accepting' awards on behalf of the polluters, just giving a few words on why they deserve it, etc.  GCOP are looking for individuals / campaign groups to accept awards on behalf of the polluters.
Crown Estates came out on top for our Farming Pollution and Subsidies award, and GCOP are looking for a campaign group to accept the award on their behalf.  Crown Estates is involved in granting permissions to fish farms along the coast - would you be able to 'accept' the award on behalf of Crown Estates?
Get in touch with GCOP if interested!

Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films
Film Access Scotland is offering free Online Workshops as part of Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films in collaboration with ten arts and cultural organisations. The Workshops run from 6th September 2021. More dates will be announced for October 2021. 

Climate Challenge: 1.5 Degrees Films is set against the background of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-26) taking place in Glasgow from 31st October to 12th November 2021. The Challenge is led by Film Access Scotland and supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland  and by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
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