Open letter to Fergus Ewing

Dear Mr Ewing,  Sea Change Wester Ross would like to draw your attention to our series of ‘Happy Birthday’ films made to celebrate Wester Ross Marine Protected Area’s first year.  We are a local community marine conservation group set up to articulate public concern about the marine environment and encourage greater protection of the ecosystem.

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The Three Mile Limit

The Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation have a report sent to the Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing in May 2017 which outlines the case for better spatial management and even a modernised return of the 3 Mile Limit. Their report can be downloaded here: http://www.scottishcreelfishermensfederation.co.uk/report.htm The aim of all fisheries management is to maintain a rich fishery

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An Underwater Ecosystem & Flowers of the Sea Forest

To view the stunningly beautiful world beneath the waves as shown in the film below enter the password sea cucumber (music not yet cleared) The film shares the findings from Sea Change’s June 2018 Sea bed survey working with SCFF, SubSea.tv and many many others, as the story shows) John McIntyre found a wonderful quote from 1376 complaining about chains

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To the REC Committee – stand your ground!

The following email was sent to Gail Ross MSP, Edward Mountain MSP and Maree Todd MSP on 23 November 2018 14:40 by Sara Nason as a personal appeal to the REC Committee in anticipation of their report on the Parliamentary Committee’s investigation into Salmon Farming which some say could be expected next week. Dear Gail and Edward,  Re the Rural

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Bubbles & The Seal Whisperer: Stories from the Highland Wildlife Hospital

This film above is made as a tribute to Beatrice Brinkler who ran the Highland Wildlife Hospital in Ullapool for decades. Empathy, compassion, kindness and understanding are the traits of the best of us. Beatrice has all those qualities in spades, especially for her animal friends, be they fluff, feather or fur. As a highly intuitive person Beatrice connected with animals

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Sea Change Sea Search Surveys 2017

The beautiful miniature dragon-like creature Placida Dentrica which is a sea slug is just a glimpse of the extraordinary creatures in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area which Sea Change has set out to document. It is rare for anyone but divers to see all the fantastic and bizarre life beneath the waves so our aim is to share this

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The Pink Seaweed by George Macpherson

“The Pink Seaweed” is a story about maerl and the sea created by the well known traditional storyteller George Macpherson to celebrate the birth of Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. It was told to the children of Badcaul School by George in the spring of 2016 just before Wester Ross Marine Protected Area was born. George lives

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Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee Salmon Farming in Scotland

The following submission to the REC Committee by Sara Nason a member of Sea Change in August 2018 is focused on  Salmon Farms in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area and how they might impact maerl.  Wester Ross is one out of just a handful of MPAs with complete all year around protection from dredgers and one

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Ring of Bright Seaweed

The Kelp and seaweed habitat which rings Tanera and The Summer Isles was photographed as part of the Seasearch & Sea Change September Survey 2018 (exquisite photographs of this habitat are courtesy of Rob Spray who dived as part of the 2018 team to re-survey Frances Dipper’s  Sublittoral survey of habitats and species around the Summer Isles: Ross and Cromarty (1981) and do a

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Tanera & The Summer Isles survey by Seasearch & Sea Change

Happy Birthday Seasearch! 2018 is a special anniversary year for volunteer survey divers. Seasearch is celebrating its 30th anniversary which coincides with the Inverness Sub Aqua Club’s 50th anniversary. So 2018 is quite some year. Sea Change’s mission is to survey and protect the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area,  now just a couple of years old, so what could be better than celebrating these anniversaries with a

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Seachange Wester Ross’s response to Marine Biopolymers Ltd Wild Seaweed Harvesting Scoping Report

Sea Change Wester Ross is a community marine think tank which includes scientists, fishermen, anglers, teachers and artists, as well as many other ordinary members of the community living around the shores of Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. There has been an enormous outcry against the idea of kelp dredging in Scottish waters (and particularly

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