Weegie Wrecks

“As one of very few surviving paddle steamer wrecks, Iona I makes a significant contribution to the cultural landscape of the Clyde basin and our understanding of Clyde paddle steamers.” (http://news.gov.scot/news/new-protected-marine-areas-announced)

Surviving wrecks of paddling steamers in the Clyde environs are actually plentiful. Bless Glesga’s cultural landscape.

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Marine Protection Inquarry

“Corporate influence has trumped the protection of marine wildlife here, with local planners and now the Scottish Government giving in time and time again to the Glensanda super-quarry operators.” (http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/14653082.Big_business_before_nature_____wildlife_protection_zone_redrawn_to_please_super_quarry/)

Sadly, Brexit can only bring us more of this transatlantic nonsense with corporate trumping by the hill quarry clinker tonne.

Failure Five

“The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) failed to reach consensus, for the fifth time, to adopt large scale Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7713)

Would Consensus be easier to reach if it was a research base actually in Antarctica?

Seabaffies

“Powers are available to create protected areas at sea that safeguard key habitats for sandeels, a key prey item for many of our seabirds like kittiwake.” (http://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/article/trust-issues-warning-about-seabird-decline/)

Our second priority should be the brogue whelk.