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April was a relatively quiet month for CCN, with many folk enjoying some time off over Easter. Nevertheless, I have been working behind the scenes preparing plans for the coming year to support CCN through a campaign mapping exercise, skills audit and revisit of the Network's vision and aims, with a view to becoming more cohesive and strategic. I have also been meeting individual members on a one-to-one basis to introduce myself and hear what their plans and prioties are over the coming year. I look forward to sharing more information on this in due course.

Alan Munro
CCN Coordinator
CCN Forum updates
Members of the aquaculture group met with NatureScot and SEPA to discuss addressing cumulative impacts of fish farming and the statutory advice provided to other agencies on this. The meeting was worthwhile and NatureScot have agreed to review their internal guidance to reflect changes to Marine Scotland's summary of science on the impacts of sea lice to wild salmon and sea trout (basically that a risk exists!).

The group also had its first general Forum call. This monthy online meet-up provides a space for members to share updates and oganise more strategically around upcoming opportiunities to influence the strategic direction of travel.

The CCN Restoration Forum held its first meeting this month to discuss ideas around restoration and hear what other groups are working on. Dr Richard Lilley from Project Seagrass was onhand to answer questions and point the group to appropriate information and resources. A second meeting will take place in early May.

CCN Virtual Session
On Thusday 6th May we will have our monthly webinar. This time we are joined by Plastic@Bay to discuss the scourge of marine plastic on our shores. We will also discuss the possibility of CCN engaging more strategically  on the issue.
Volunteer opportunities with the Berwickshire Marine Reserve

The BMR are are still looking for volunteer Marine Rangers for the summer to help with education and outreach and assist with some research projects. The ad can be found here. They are also looking for new Trustees to drive forward the charity – please email
The Ecology Centre launch Restoration Forth webpage

The Ecology Centre have launched a new webpage on the Restoration Forth project in Fife. Keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved in seagrass restoration!
Fair Isle Virtual Tour
The Fair Isle Marine Research Organisation are delighted to bring you the first video for the Fair Isle Virtual Tour, a project delivered in collaboration with the Fair Isle DR MPA. The tour has been beautifully written and narrated by islanders and is designed to bring you closer to this unique island and its people. The films have been created by Tim Merrick during his time living and working on the island as the relief nurse practitioner.

This first video (below) gives you a brief introduction to the island and to the community. Jimmy Stout talks about life on Fair Isle through the years and the many changes which have occurred since his childhood. 

Join and learn of the rich history, tradition and wildlife which Fair Isle has to offer!
Great Angus Beach Clean
East Haven Together took part in the 6th Great Angus Beach Clean, which took pla at the beginning of April.  It is held twice a year and aims to bring together all sections of the community in a collaborative effort to remove as much litter as possible along the Angus Coast. The event also aims to prevent litter from reaching the sea by cleaning rivers, streams and inland areas. 

A total of 712 kilos of litter was picked up! You can read the report here.
Current consultations of interest:
These consultations are closing on 7th June 2022.

CCN submitted a response to the proposal to permantly designate the Red Rock & Longay MPA to protect the Critically Endangered flapper skate. You can read our submission here.
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 - feel free to get in touch to discuss ideas!

Patagoia Europe Environmental Grants Program
The Patagonia Europe Environmental Grants Program has a focus on encouraging work that brings underrepresented communities to the forefront of the environmental movement and defend communities whose health and livelihoods are threatened by environmental exploitation. It supports projects that benefit local communities.

Typical grant size ranges between $5,000 and $15,000USD and the next application deadline is May 31st 2022.
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European spiny lobster, rocky reef with dead men's fingers and shoal of juvenile gadoids, shoal of saithe (Lisa Kamphausen)
Exposed flame shell, common shore crab on a maerl bed (Graham Saunders)

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