Why should we care?
Global production of plastics is rising.
192 coastal countries like the UK, generated 275 million metric tons of plastic waste and between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of it ended up in the seas.
It is estimated that if we don’t do something about this by 2025 the plastic waste entering the seas from land will increase to such an extent that there will be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish.
There is concern not only about plastic bags and packaging, fishing nets and plastic bottles but also the micro plastics found in products like toothpaste, skin cleansers, shampoos and fibres from synthetic fabrics.
Plastics will be affecting the marine eco-sytems around Loch Sunart, the Sound of Mull and the seas surrounding the Small Isles. Many marine species have been reported to ingest and/or become entangled by plastic. The effects can be fatal but also affect their ability to catch and digest food, escape from predators, maintain body condition and migrate. Plastics contain chemicals and toxins which accumulate at all levels of the food chain.
Everyone can do a little to help by getting involved in organised beach clean ups and by reducing the amount of products they buy that are wrapped in plastic.
We would love to see you on one of the beach cleans and to invite you to join CAOLAS as a member.
Now is our chance to protect our part of the ‘Blue Planet’ so beautifully captured by Sir David Attenborough in the recent BBC television series.
A good place to begin is by collecting plastic rubbish on our beaches and shorelines. If you want to join with others, then look out for a programme of beach cleans scheduled for March and April including:
KILCHOAN: Saturday 31st March 11am (meet by the shop /Ferry Stores)
STRONTIAN: Sunday 25th March - to be confirmed. Check Sunart Community Council Facebook page
GLENBORRODALE: Sunday 18th March – time to be confirmed
CAOLAS, which means ‘’a narrow neck of water’ in Gaelic, is the acronym for Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull ‘Community Association of Lochs and Sounds’. We are now formally constituted as a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation (SCIO) and have received financial support from the Big Lottery via the West Highland Coastal Trust.
We have launched our own website and have already begun delivering a programme of activities.
We always welcome new supporters and members. Membership is free. If you would like to join us and receive news or take part in activities, email us.
The Community Association of Lochs and Sounds (CAOLAS) has been formally constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and have been awarded registration number SC047982.
CAOLAS currently has a board of seven committed volunteers striving to promote understanding and awareness of the two MPAs on our doorsteps, we are on the look out for more volunteer committee members to aid in developing and delivering our aims. We currently have a teachers, lecturers, divers and marine tourism operators on the board, but would like to include your skills and knowledge into the committee.
If you would like to get involved, please use the contact form on this site to let us know.
For anyone who has missed Dr. Mark Woombs' much acclaimed illustrated talks about the amazing life in the Marine Protected Area of Loch Sunart there's another chance to hear him at 7.30pm on Thursday 5th April at the Ardnamurchan Natural History Centre in Glenborrodale. Entrance will be £3.00.
If you were not able to make it to the presentation in the Sunart Centre, Strontian in 2017, then this is another opportunity to see the engaging, entertaining, and sometimes funny, presentation into the marine life of the two Marine Protected Areas on our doorsteps - Loch Sunart MPA and The Sound of Mull MPA.