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NAC Provost’s Civic Pride Awards 2018

Clyde Porpoise is pleased, honoured and humbled to be shortlisted for the Provosts Civic Pride Awards 2018.

As a ‘new’ group in North Ayrshire we are still finding our feet but are fully committed to the objectives of our project and focussed on achieving benefits for participants, the wider community and our precious coastal & marine environments.

Our project is engaged with surveying the Clyde and surrounding seas to determine the conservation status of resident and visiting marine mammals. We provide volunteering opportunities to individuals and groups that are interested in contributing to grassroots citizen-science and environmental projects. We are pleased to announce that we are progressing and developing plans for a community-based marine ranger service and marine mammal visitor centre on Cumbrae. Make sure you give us a visit when we get our new centre open….. and get involved 🙂

As a new project our activities are restricted by limited funding but have now acquired some track record and hoping that nomination for the Provosts Civic Pride Awards will provide additional traction to help realise our aims and objectives.

Please help us gain some traction by voting for us in Provosts Civic Pride Awards

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  • Citizens around the Clyde coastline have contributed 580 marine mammal sightings reports. Over 300 people in this coastal network have recorded 1,700 individual cetacean around their shoreline.
  • The survey boat has been to sea for 110 days on marine survey, including 78 days passive acoustic monitoring for cetaceans and recording underwater noise pollution.
  • 3,500 volunteer hours have been contributed by over 200 participants who have sailed in excess of 8,000km during marine surveys and other activities.
  • We continue to assist universities with field courses and supply data to undergraduate students.
  • Three of our trainee skippers have accrued over 1,000 sea miles towards RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualification.
  • We provide sail taster and orientation trips to community, family, excluded and refugee groups
  • The project continues to support Scottish coastal communities in environmental and other campaigns.
  • We deliver community talks and presentations:
    • Scottish Wildlife Trust Ayrshire
    • Fairlie Community Council
    • Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club
    • Arran Natural History Society x2
    • Garnock Canoe Club
    • Scottish Wildlife Trust – Dumfries
    • Greenock Philosophical Society
    • Marine Seminars – FSC Millport
    • STEM Week North Ayrshire Council Schools
  • We have formed collaborative research partnerships, facilitate and fund field data collection for studentships:
    • University of Strathclyde Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering Bioacoustics (PhD – New Click Train Detector to study the ecology and acoustic behaviour of harbour porpoises)
    • St Andrews University Sea Mammal Research Unit (MSc – Fine Scale Distribution of Harbour Porpoise and Conservation Status in the upper Clyde)
    • Heriot Watt University (BSc – Distribution & Abundance of Harbour Porpoise in South Arran MPA)
  • We collaborate in the INTEREG Compass EU MPA Bioacoustics Monitoring program and MEDIN (Marine Environmental Data & Information Network).
  • We continually represent our community and Clyde environmental interests at conferences and workshops:
    • MASTS Scotland Conference
    • Review of the Scottish National Marine Plan Workshop
    • Clyde Marine Litter Symposium
    • Sea Scotland Conference 2016 & 2017
    • Marine Tourism Workshop
    • Porcupine Marine Natural History Society
    • Irish Sea Maritime Forum
    • Scottish Marine Animal Stranding’s Scheme Conference
    • INTERG Compass EU MPA Bioacoustics Monitoring program
    • Clyde Marine Planning Partnership Clyde Assessment Workshops etc.
  • The project is engaged with the marine planning framework and present our data to planning, regulatory bodies and respond to consultations on various issues that effect our marine environment:
    • Coastal development
    • European Protected Species
    • Sustainable marine tourism
    • Runoff, pollution and water quality
    • High Impact events
    • Aquaculture
    • Marine dumping and disposal
    • Flood defences
    • MPA’s, SAC’s, MCA’s, SSSI’s and priority features

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Please help us gain some traction by voting for us in Provosts Civic Pride Awards