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 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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An Underwater Eden

Glimpse the stunningly beautiful underwater world beneath the waves in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area and see a small selection of marine scientist, Graham Saunder’s photos below.  These were taken around the Summer Isles Archipelago during a Sea Change, SubSeaTV, SCFF (Keltic Seafare) Survey dive week (June 2-9th 2018). More films and photos showing the extraordinary footage are

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To the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee (RECC) on Salmon Farming In Scotland

To consider the current state of the salmon industry in Scotland, identify opportunities for its future development and explore how the various fish health and environmental challenges it currently faces can be addressed. Response submitted by Sea Change Wester Ross to the committee on the 27th April 2017 Sea Change Wester Ross emerged as a community group set

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Waves of plastics in scarcely populated NW Scotland

This article follows a talk that I gave to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) when the Highland Environment Forum met on the 6th of September 2017.  Firstly I’d like to explain what is known about the consequences of marine plastic pollution in the food chain, as well as to humans, from my review of the literature. I will then show the data I

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Open letter to Roseanna Cunningham – sustainable local fisheries depend on pristine MPA

Dear Roseanna Cunningham, re: Sharing our concerns and response to SEPA’s Consultation on the ‘Regulation of Marine Cage Fish Farms: Updating the approach to protecting the sea bed’. Sea Change Wester Ross has voted as a group to oppose new or expanded fish farms in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area if the evidence suggests this would

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Lochcarron Flame Shells : An Open Letter to Fergus Ewing & MS Conservation Team

Could the Lochcarron Flame Shell incident be a turning point for Scottish Seas?   Dear Mr Ewing, I would like to add my voice to the many other voices along the coast such as coastal community groups, creel and dive fishermen, marine scientists, NGO’s, recreational divers and underwater cameramen. All have expressed concern about the damage to the

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