• Beach Award 2019

    East Haven has successfully achieved a community led beach award

  • Report on First Great ABC

    Why not download a copy of the report on the first Great Angus Beach Clean below

  • Report on Second Great ABC Sept 19

    Why not download a copy of the report on the second Great Angus Beach Clean below

Report on the second Great Angus Beach Clean Sept19

Report on the first Great Angus Beach Clean May 2019

  • Ladyloan Primary school Sept 2019

  • Team SeaGreen Sept 2019

  • East Haven UTV Sept 2019

New weapon in the fight against marine litter

Residents in East Haven are extending their efforts to clean the marine environment following the acquisition of a Utility Vehicle for use on the beach and coastal paths. Thanks to grant funding from LEADER, the European rural development programme, East Haven Together have purchased a Can-Am-Traxter capable of transporting lost heavy fishing gear and marine litter from the beaches between Carnoustie and Arbroath.

Residents in East Haven have been beach cleaning since 1993 when they first became concerned about both the amount of marine litter and its environmental impact. East Haven suffers disproportionately from marine litter due to a combination of tidal flow, currents and topography. To compound the problem, twenty five thousand creels are laid along the coast between Carnoustie and Montrose every week during the season and a significant number are lost at sea and washed up on local beaches. This creates exceptional problems for members of the public as they are heavy and often weighted down with concrete. The new utility vehicle will enable volunteers to remove lost fishing gear more easily and along a greater stretch of the Angus coastline. 

 

Scotland's first International Marine Conference

Scotland held its first International Marine Conference at Strathclyde University in Glasgow last week where East Haven and ACE presented a poster abstract of the work undertaken locally to contribute to clean and healthy seas. Representatives from more than 10 nations met to share information and collaborate on ideas and interventions to save our seas from pollution and the impact of climate change. Inspiring speakers contributed to debate and discussion about issues from reducing litter at source to interventions to remove it and reuse it. Our seas provide around 70% of our oxygen and it really is a race against time to save the marine environment from catastrophic pollution of all types. It is generally agreed that around 80% of marine litter comes from land based sources such as street litter, agricultural and industrial sources. A number of initiatives are taking place across the world to educate people and reduce the amount of non reusable waste being produced. In Scotland, the plastic cotton bud ban will be implemented in summer 2019 and the Bottle Return Scheme is progressing through its various consultation phases. 

The European Commission state that lost fishing gear accounts for 27% of marine litter. MCS surveys in East Haven highlight that fishing line, nets, ropes and creels account for between 20% and 23%. Considerable work is underway to explore ways in which fishing gear can be prevented from entering the sea and quickly recovered and reused if it does. Fishing gear is, by its very nature, some of the most dangerous and deadly litter being purposefully designed to capture and kill marine life. New studies also highlight that 40% to 70% of micro plastics in our oceans can be traced back to ghost fishing gear. Sadly, almost all sea birds have now ingested micro-plastics and they have also entered the food chain. There is now a real urgency at both a global level and a local level to act quickly to save the the seas and ultimately the planet for future generations. The Conference provided an opportunity to hear first hand about the work being undertaken by scientists, researchers, engineers and innovators across the world to find solutions some of which are well advanced and will be used in the near future to progress the worldwide effort. As the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon said at the conference, Scotland is uniquely placed to help solve the global crisis. Not just because we have a strong history of living and working near the sea but because we CARE about it. This is demonstrated everyday across Angus as more and more people show their concern about street litter and help to reduce it before it reaches the sea. 

A key outcome of the conference was that the British Irish Council agreed three key areas where they could collaborate further to ensure progress on this issue: establishing a system to facilitate the recycling of end of life fishing gear; co-operative working to further reduce the loss of pre-production plastics across the supply chain; and improving educational materials and modules on marine litter for young people and the fishing industry. Minsters also agreed to register these actions as a joint voluntary pledge in the UN Communities of Ocean Action registry of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Dune Conservation

During September we became aware that a large part of the dunes near the winches is eroding due to an increase in visitor numbers. Due to the severity of the problem we asked Angus Council Coastal Management team for an urgent on-site meeting to explore what action should be taken to prevent the problem getting any worse and to help the dune system recover.  As a result, we have agreed a number of immediate and longer term actions to help recovery and prevent further damage in the future. Firstly, we have fenced off the area of greatest concern and started to plant coastal grasses. Luckily, Stan Beattie had grown hundreds of Marram and Lyme grasses from seed earlier this year. Marram and Lyme grasses are the best coastal defence as they provide a strong structure to bind the dunes.  We have already planted around 300 grasses but intend planting a further 800 across two key areas of dune this autumn. Further plans and protection work will be cariied out over the next year as we raise funds to assist us in this important area of dune conservation. 

Residents and friends of East Haven manage their own beach. If you have any comments or concerns please contact us via our website or Facebook page.

EH Beach Risk Assessment 2019

Beach Management Plan 2019

Littoral Sci-Art Project 2018

Artist Julia Barton visited East Haven on 9th September as part of an awareness raising intiative during Angus Coastal Festival. Julia has been working on a science-art project called Littoral Art. The idea developed a couple of years ago when she became aware of the extent of plastics which have infiltrated the marine system. It was a great learning experience for residents and visitors alike as Julia helped people identify minute particles of plastic embedded in every part of the sand, dune and seaweed system. It was really shocking to see the amount of plastic that can be extracted from even a small area 1m square. Some of it is identifiable such as nylon fishing line (monofilament) and plastic cotton buds. Other items are much more difficult to spot such as nurdles which are tiny pellets of plastic. Billions are used every year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up on beaches such as ours in East Haven. Julia also introduced participants to plasticglomerates which are stones containing melted plastic. We were very shocked to find them on our beach and understand that they may have been created by people burning plastic bottles during BBQs. Why not take a look at Julia's web-site or Facebook page and find out more about how she will develop the project in 2019.

'Don't Let Go' of Balloons Campaign

Clean up Europe Weekend 2018

East Haven beach clean 12 May 2018

A massive 200kg of plastic and other marine litter was lifted from the 100m survey stretch during Clean up Europe weekend. This is really concerning as there does seem to be an increase in all kinds of plastic and fishing gear. We cleared 7 damaged creels and lots of fishing rope which incidentally, also contains plastic.  Graeme Dey our local MSP also attended so he could see at first hand the problems we are dealing with locally. Graeme has been working really hard to help understand why there is an increase in what is termed, ghost fishing gear which is very damaging to marine life. Once all the litter was collected we had the rather unpleasant job of sifting through it all to count items and upload the data to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). MCS analyse the data and identify trends and the source of marine litter at locations across the UK. This adds to national and international evidence and knowledge about the state of our oceans. Volunteers were treated to hot drinks and fresh scones with jam and cream in thanks for all their efforts. We were also grateful to Sustrans for a supply of their 2 minute clean up bags which all participants received. 

  • Children from Our Lady's Primary school in Perth visited to help with a big beach clean on 13 March

  • They learned how to do an MCS survey

  • They had a great day and learned a lot about marine plastic and other beach litter

Capturing our Coast July 2017

We were really pleased to welcome Dr Hannah Grist from the Marine Sciences Institute in Oban to deliver Capturing our Coast training in East Haven yesterday. Fifteen Citizen scientists enjoyed a great day learning how to lay out a transect and use a quadrat to record marine species. It's not quite as easy as it sounds as it the project employs a very specific methodology. However, we fully utilised Hannah's skills and knowledge throughout the day and learned so much about different seaweed and animal species. It was really fun day and of course we all  enjoyed a lovely lunch together. Our next plan is to organise a few days throughout the year when we can go out in small groups to carry out the surveys and upload data to this important UK wide project.