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Welcome to the latest edition of the CCN newsletter, where you'll find news and updates related to the Network.

We now have three CCN Forums up and running for aquaculture, marine restoration, and marine plastics. This is very exciting as they will facilitate knowledge exchange and provide a space for coordinated planning between groups working on these topics. These Forums complement the new Slack platform, which is essentially a CCN chatroom. I've also been planning the monthly Virtual Sessions - which are open to all CCN groups and Friends of CCN - where external speakers come and discuss topics of relevant to members. In May we hosted the Durness-based NGO Plastic@Bay who gave an overview of the marine plastics issue in Scotland.

My priority for this next month will be to support CCN members for attending upcoming meetings with government officials, including with the Director of Marine Scotland, Annabel Turpie (20th June) and the Cabinet Secretary of Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon (30th June). These meetings will be an opportunity for CCN to present their concerns and ask officials to act on them.

On the 15th & 176th June I will be at the Sea Scotland conference in Glasgow where I'll be facilitating a workshop on the human dimensions of ocean recovery, alongside Sarah Brown of SMEEF/NatureScot. Do come say 'hi' if you are planning to attend!

Alan Munro
CCN Coordinator
CCN Forum updates
It’s been a busy time for the CCN Aquaculture members this month. They produced a brief and press release following the Griggs review of aquaculture regulation to detail their concerns with the recommendations made by Professor Griggs. CCN are calling for Scottish Ministers to ensure the environmental and other impacts of salmon farming industry are fully understood before consenting any more or larger farms.
Following this, Mairi Gougeon made an announcement at the UK Aquaculture Conference in Aviemore, where she accepted the recommendations of the Griggs review and outlined her next steps for regulatory streamlining.  CCN members intend to discuss this at their upcoming meeting with Ms Gougeon in June. 

The CCN Restoration Forum held its second meeting this month where groups discussed developing a community vision for marine habitat restoration in Scotland.
This vision would communicate our desire for a community-led model for marine recovery at scale, since we believe that real change can be best achieved by lots of community initiatives working together towards a shared goal. I will share this vision once it is agreed.

Marine plastics

The CCN Marine Plastics Forum is holding its first meeting next week. The first item on the agenda will be the upcoming Circular Economy Bill consultation and how to ensure we can tackle the marine plastics issue at its source (i.e. using less).
Executive Director opportunity with the Berwickshire Marine Reserve

The BMR are recruiting for a new Executive Director to lead the organisation. For more information about the role, please see the ad here or email
Knoydart Climate Action Group

The Knoydart Loch Nevis group, a member of CCN, have formally merged now with the Knoydart Climate Conversations Working Group to become the Knodart Climate Action Group. This group will be taking forward plans to survey and potentially restore seagrass in Loch Nevis.
Largo Community Sea Day

Largo Communities Together are very excited to be hosting a screening of Into The Oceanic with filmmakers Rob Page and Elizabeth Oglivie. 

"Their project and film examines how artists and scientists can apply their skills to provide foresight and clarity in regard to the climate emergency, our relationship with the environment and our historical responsibility for what occurs in it."

This will be accompanied by a buffet meal and licensed bar. There will also be a chance to learn more about the LCT's Pier Project a involvement in Restoration Forth.
Get tickets here
Wardie Bay Bathing Water
Following a tireless campaign by our member Wardie Bay Beach Watch, Wardie Bay in Edinburgh was finally not granted designated bathing water status by Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP.  Nevertheless, SEPA is going to sample and report, throughout 2022, water quality at Wardie Bay due to high community usage of the beach.
Read more here
Current consultations of interest:
Both these consultations are closing on 7th June 2022.

The OurSeas Coalition have put together a social media pack for you to help spread the word on the FCP, which is proposing to deregulate unsustainable fishing practices (namely discarding of juvenile fish!) and has only vague proposals on spatial management of trawling.

Community Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Equipment Fund
Run by NatureScot, the Equipment Fund is still open and accepting applications on a rolling basis. Information about the Equipment Fund and how to apply.  Please share this funding opportunity widely among your networks.
The CCN Community Support Fund
The Community Support Fund is a dedicated small grant fund operated by Fauna & Flora International to support member groups of the Coastal Communities Network.  Grants can be sought by Network members for discrete projects, to build the capacity or governance of a group, or to support learning and development. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and there is no deadline. Get in touch to discuss ideas!

Scottish Marine Envirionmental Enhancement Fund
SMEEF – the Scottish Marine Environmental Enhancement Fund - is now open for applications, with grants of up to £100K available to groups for restoration (and activities related to). More information is available on the new website.

Highland & Islands Environment Foundation
The next round of applications for HIEF grants is open with the deadline being 9am, Monday 13th June. The HIEF steering committee are keen to broaden the scope of applications they receive and welcome more unconventional ideas! Find more out here.

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