Welcome to CAOLAS

CAOLAS, or the Community Association Of Lochs And Sounds, was established in 2015 by local community members as a way to increase understanding of the marine environment in our locality and involve people in its conservation. In 2017 CAOLAS was formally constituted as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).

The value of our coastal waters for wildlife and recreation as well as fishing is being increasingly recognised. Discussions about the introduction of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and inspiration from other parts of Scotland - like the Isle of Arran and Fair Isle - led to more involvement from the community and the realisation that local people can contribute to decisions about the management of their local waters.

Working locally, we have developed a programme of research, education, talks and activities, drawing upon local and national expertise, that shows people the unique marine life we have in Loch Sunart and the Sound of Mull and have responded to local marine planning and conservation issues.

Nationally, we are part of the Coastal Communities Network which connects coastal communities across Scotland in order to share knowledge and expertise, while offering a community voice within marine management.

Globally, we have helped achieve the designation of the first Mission Blue Hope Spot in the UK aimed at enhancing the local conservation designations on our doorstep and shining a spotlight on how critical they are for preserving marine wildlife and habitats.

Events and Talks

We run a variety of events throughout the year for residents of the area as well as visitors. These range from illustrated talks and educational activities to community events such as beach cleans and shoreline surveys.

We would be pleased to welcome you at any of these events. If you have any questions about the events, or suggestions for future events and talks, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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