Response from Fergus Ewing c/o Sebastian Howell on 25th April ( ref: 2017/0012203) Thank you for your letter of the 28th March 2017 to Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity regarding the Wester Ross MPA. I have been asked to respond on his behalf. First of all I would like to wish
Cousteau made the oceans rock’n’roll! He made marine exploration exciting, cool and fun. That has to be our number one aim for 2017 as we embark on our second year of the Marine Protected Area and hopefully more sea bed surveys to start to build a picture and map our MPA. However it goes beyond that.
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.
Celebrating and Safeguarding the Future of Our MPA The third in a series of three ‘Happy Birthday’ films dives deeper into the process of discovery within the Wester Ross MPA articulating our desire to preserve the MPA’s ‘umbrella effect’ as outlined in the two previous films. We explore highlights of the MPA, discovering some still intact and unrecorded maerl
In celebration of Wester Ross MPA’s first Birthday on 23rd March 2017, Sea Change have made three films which share appreciation of the MPA and encourage support for its protection and recovery. The second film explains why Wester Ross Marine Protected Area is so special and why it needs protecting. The footage shows how the parts of
We love Wester Ross MPA and it is shortly to have its first birthday on the 23rd of March 2017! To celebrate Sea Change have made three films to share our appreciation of the MPA and to encourage support for it’s protection and recovery. The first film gives people an underwater glimpse of the unique and
In his book ‘Island Years’[i] Frank Fraser Darling the ecologist and ornithologist recalls his life on The Summer Isles where in 1936 he counted and studied the birds he found there. He describes what he calls ‘the noise and abandon with it all, for the sea birds express their emotions with great intensity, and the
The Ocean as it was a thousand years ago. My father told me how rich the sea was when he line fished from an open boat – the wonder he described seemed marvellous to me. He had studied marine biology so I spent my childhood in and on the water (mostly in it) looking for the
On March 23rd 2017, Wester Ross Marine Protected Area will have it’s first birthday! The network of MPAs are an historic turning point in Scotland – representing hope for our fragile blue planet, at least in this small corner of the world. Yet our ocean ecosystem is still under threat and the question Sea Change grapples with is
Please read an email written by a Highland scallop diver back in 2015 before the creation of Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. This is an eye witness account of the impact of dredgers in inshore waters as seen from a fishermen’s first hand account. The situation has moved on since then as Richard Lochhead, the former Minister responsible for MPAs, banned dredgers from Wester