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 – Sept 2018

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 2018

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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Sea Change 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 – June 2018

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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