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The Coastal Communities Network Newsletter
May 2021

Read on for this month's updates from CCN members, friends and supporters, plus upcoming events and an exciting new job opportunity.

Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather!
  Sunset over Loch Linnhe © Catherine Ross/FFI
Survey Insurance

With many groups gearing up to begin surveys within their local inshore waters and coastal areas, questions have arisen around insurance which is suitable for groups of volunteers carrying out these kinds of activities.  We have put together a  rough guide for communities which can be read here.  It would be great to incorporate other knowledge and experiences firsthand, so do let us know how you get on with this subject!

A survey risk assessment template can also be found in the Appendix of the Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Handbook.

Training sessions under the Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project are now underway - if you’d like to attend and haven’t already been in touch, email

There is an upcoming session "Troubleshooting for ROVs", on the 31st of May, which is an opportunity to work through issues and ask questions.  All sessions are currently being held virtually.
Sea Change WR
Salmon Ad

"No More Salmon Farms"

A second Herald advert on salmon farming, and an accompanying editorial page, titled "No More Salmon Farms" went out on 15th May, featuring the logos of many of CCN’s member groups and a variety of others.  You can access a copy here

Oysters Return to the Firth of Clyde!
1,300 oysters have been placed into the Wild Oysters Project Firth of Clyde site at Largs Yacht Haven and Fairlie Quay Marina.  These oysters will release the next generation of oyster larvae into the Clyde, and their  progress will be monitored along the way.  Read more about the project in this recent Herald piece.

You can keep an eye on them via a live link at the Fairlie Coastal Oyster Cam!  If you're local and interested in joining in with the monitoring , email
the project.
Image © Howard Wood/COAST

Strictly Protected Marine Protected Areas

The latest instalment of the Saving Our Seas through Law policy briefings between COAST and Edinburgh Law School is now available: Strictly Protected Marine Protected Areas.

This policy brief is part of a series which analyses the legal framework for the designation and management of marine protected areas. It focuses on the legal framework in Scotland, but draws upon broader obligations in international law with a view to recommending additional measures or reforms in order to strengthen the protection that is offered to rare and fragile marine ecosystems.

The Saving our Seas Through Law Policy Brief Series also includes:

Briefing 1: The Establishment and Expansion of the Scottish MPA Network
Briefing 2: The Enforcement of Fishing Restrictions in Marine Protected Areas
Briefing 3: Using Marine Spatial Planning to Support MPA Management
Briefing 4: Legal Tools for the Management of Marine Protected Areas in Scotland

NMP Call for Views - CCN Response

The second three-year review of the National Marine Plan has recently been published. The Plan was first reviewed in 2018, and these reports fulfil the commitment in UK legislation to review the Plan every three years.

Due to a lack of stakeholder consultation around the review there is a call for views open until 31st May 2021.  Views are invited on the content of the report and the report’s conclusions that the Plan needs to be updated, and are invited by email to

CCN have submitted a short response, which can be read here.

Gartmore 3: October

A reminder that Gartmore 3 (CCN’s member event) has been moved to 29th - 31st October 2021 – and this time we’re confident that it will go ahead!  I’ve started working on it, and will send out invites and more info in the next couple of months.
Image © Caroline Younger

Oyster Monitoring at Loch Craignish!
Seawilding, in collaboration with Ocean Interface, have developed a bespoke guide to community monitoring of the restoration of the Loch Craignish marine environment. 

The training materials include general survey skills, native oyster monitoring and biodiversity surveying.  Last weekend, the first community volunteers were trained, with further sessions planned at Craignish and at Lochaline. 

While initially designed for the Craignish community, the training will be relevant to other communities working on similar restoration initiatives - get in touch with Seawilding if you're interested.

Scottish Government Ministerial Remits
There were quite a few changes revealed when the First Minister announced the new cabinet last week, including a shift in roles related to the environment. 

The portfolios now fall under two Cabinet Secretaries: the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon MSP, and the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson MSP.  The new Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan, works under both of these, with the Ministers for Transport and Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work also working under the Net Zero role.

For more on the responsibilities that fall under each remit, read this!  Read Phil Taylor (Open Seas)'s piece in The Scotsman on what this could mean for Scotland's marine habitats. 

CCN are finalising welcome and introduction letters to the relevant Cabinet Secretaries and Ministers.
Sea Scotland
Beagle Channel

Argentina and Chile united: "No to salmon farming"

In a self-organized way, a group of Argentines and Chileans gathered yesterday on their kayaks in the middle of the Beagle Channel to show their support for the sanctioning of the Argentine bill to ban salmon farming in the province and to demand the end of the salmon industry in the channels, fjords and fragile ecosystems of Chile.
Salmon farming threatens biodiversity, the health of its inhabitants and economic development. The Tierra del Fuego province is the only place in the country where the salmon industry is pushing to install salmon farms. If the law is passed, Tierra del Fuego would become the first place in the world to ban salmon farming before it’s established.

The campaign was self-organized by the citizens of Ushuaia and Río Grande in Argentina and Puerto Williams in Chile, the members of the nautical community, various representatives from different clubs (Club Náutico AFASyN, Club Náutico de Río Grande, Club Shima Waia, Club de Pesca con Mosca and Club Río Grande), the Yagán community in Puerto Williams, the marine program of Rewilding Argentina “Sin Azul No Hay Verde,” and Greenpeace, among others.

Scottish Marine Biodiversity Data Review

NatureScot have put together a stakeholder questionnaire to help to further inform their current review of the marine biodiversity recording infrastructure in Scotland.  The survey will be live for 3 weeks until Monday 7th June.  It should only take 10-15mins to do and the responses from this questionnaire will enable NatureScot to:
  • understand what marine biodiversity data is needed currently (and in the future), the existing management of this data, and how data is currently found and accessed;
  • identify what is working well and less well, and to discover what ideas you might have for where worthwhile improvements could be made;
  • inform and refine further analysis methods and stakeholder engagement work.
Please do share the link to this questionnaire with your contacts that have an interest or expertise in marine biodiversity data, to reach as wide a marine stakeholder group as possible.

Seeking Scotland's Nature Heroes

The RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards are celebrating 10 years of recognising Scotland’s nature champions and are now open for entries. Co-sponsored by NatureScot, the awards honour individuals and organisations making a difference in their local communities, businesses, and schools to support Scotland’s wildlife and special places. 

To mark the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/21, this special award recognises outstanding contributions that are helping nature thrive in Scottish marine and freshwater habitats. They want to hear from innovative projects which have had real impact, or individuals who are connecting people with these special places for nature and communities.

Nominate a person, project, group or business dedicated to supporting our environment or submit your own application and show what you’re doing to support species and habitats!

Find out more about the awards and submit your application by 14 June.
Local Place Plans Consultation

The Scottish Government have published proposals for regulations to support the development of Local Place Plans. Accompanying the consultation paper, they published a draft ‘How to’ Guide and asked people to send comments. You can find out more at

The consultation period runs until 25 June 2021. The engagement strategy for the coming weeks can be read here.

Engaging with community groups
Meetings scheduled for: Wednesday 9 June 2021 6pm & Friday 11 June 2021 2pm.  Two 1 hour long community focussed events on Microsoft Teams to encourage responses from community groups. Contact to book a place. Please advise which event you would wish to attend.
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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 any ideas!
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