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

This month we held a nomination process for the CCN Advisory Group for 2022/23 and I am pleased to say that the seven existing Advisory Group members will continue for another year. These are:

Áine Purcell-Milton (COAST)
Annabel Lawrence (CAOLAS)
David Nairn (Fairlie Coastal Trust)
Dennis Archer (member of several CCN groups)
Eileen Armstrong (South Skye Seas initiative)
John Aitchison (Friends of the Sound of Jura)
Rosslyn Barr (Edinburgh Shoreline)

I look forward to working with them in the coming months as the Network explores options for the future.

Alan Munro
CCN Coordinator
CCN Forum updates
Our friends at WildFish launched their new 'Off the table' campaign this month, which aims to raise awareness of the environmentally destructive nature of the salmon farming industry, and is calling on the hospitality sector to take farmed salmon off its menus. They have launched a campaign microsite and published a new report which investigates how the Scottish salmon farming industry exploits 'harvesting', both as a means of avoiding mandatory sea lice reporting, and as a disease management tool. Many CCN members have lended their support to this initative.

Marine plastics
The next Marine Litter Strategy Steering Group meeting is taking place on 17th November and a member of local group East Haven Together will be there to represent CCN.

Friends of CCN, Plastic@Bay, were interviewed as part of the podcast Under the Surface: The Pollution Experience about their work monitoring, collecting, and recycling marine plastics in the north of Scotland. You can listen in here.
CCN Virtual Session
For this month's Virtual Session, we were joined by Marcus Rose, UK Coordinator of Project Baseline, and Joe Richards of BLUE, to discuss citizen science collaboration opportunities with Project Baseline's network of highly skilled divers. You can see a recording of the session below.
Watch it here
RAINE Committee Roundtable on inshore fisheries
CCN were privileged to be invited to participate in a Rural Affairs, Islands, and Natural Environment Parliamentary Committee session on inshore fisheries. Lucy Kay, MPA Project Officer at COAST, attended as the CCN rep and gave very considered evidence on the need to think holistically when designing fisheries management.
Watch the session here
New Friend of CCN!
We are delighted to welcome the Blue Hope Alliance as a Friend of CCN. The Blue Hope Alliance is a coalition of groups, including CCN member Sea Change, Wester Ross, which cooperate on citizen science surveys. Jessica Young recently joined as their Project Officer.
Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project Equipment Fund
Set up jointly by Fauna & Flora International and NatureScot, the Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project aims to increase local participation in marine biodiversity surveying in Scotland.
We are pleased to say that the equipment fund has re-opened! This is an opportunity to apply for up to £1,500 (when applying as one organisation) or £3,000 (if collaborating with other organisations) to buy equipment which will allow you to conduct surveys. Past awardees have received cameras for subtidal monitoring, shoreline surveying equipment, GPS loggers and data management equipment. If you have aspirations for a particular kind of survey, or want to increase your effort then this is your chance to apply for the resources.

To take part drop Lucy a line at
Firth of Forth 100 species project
As part of the ambitious Restoration Forth project, local group Edinburgh Shoreline are seeking residents to respond creatively to one of the many species that lives (or lived!) in and around the Firth of Forth and help raise awareness about its importance.
One hundred species – from tiny bacteria to whales – have been selected and distributed between the Restoration Forth Community Hubs. The community hubs are: Simply choose a species, learn about it and its habitat, and then create something to celebrate it – be that a painting, model, sculpture, jewellery, something knitted, sewn, welded or carved, a poem, a song or a play, ‘a short video’ – let your imagination run wild!
Find out how to take part
Scottish National Parks
NatureScot has been commissioned by Scottish Government to provide advice on the role and approach to National Parks and how areas for new National Parks could be selected. At this stage, they are considering the selection criteria for new national parks and how to make the National Park designation more effective.  You can find a link to providing further details of the survey here.  
The deadline for responses is 30th November 2022. 

National Marine Plan 2
The process to develop the new National Marine Plan has been launched. The first National Marine Plan was developed in 2015. Alongside this announcement, Marine Scotland published a Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and Statement of Public Participation, to guide engagement with stakeholders during the national marine planning process. In this document you will find proposed methods and timeframes for engagement over the next 3 years.
You can also find out more by emailing:
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.

Community Knowledge Fund
The Community Knowledge Fund, from the Young Foundation, gives grants worth between £10k and £100k to community groups and organisations around the UK.
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