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Wednesday, 16 April 2014
No take zone (A to Z challenge)
Did you know that we have octopus in Lamlash bay? Well we do, and a lot of other wonderful sealife. This is solely down to a small group of people who campaigned to preserve our seabed and this small area of sea and coast became Scotland's first 'No Take Zone'. The group (and now a charity) is called COAST - Community of Arran Seabed Trust. Their are some great images of the sealife on their website.
Signs have been placed to show the area and provide information
The 'No take zone' is designed to protect and preserve our coast and seabed, with the hope that it will encourage regeneration. What most people don't know is that the methods of harvesting seafood, tear up the seabed in exactly the same way tree felling happens in rain forests. The sea life (creatures and plants) are destroyed along with their habitat. Unfortunately because it is below water it is not easy to see - otherwise the outcry would be long and loud!
Holy Isle in the background
The future aim is to have a larger Marine Protection Area.