A groundswell of public opposition to the expansion of salmon farming is being felt in the waters off the West coast of Scotland.
"I think it is fair to say that I have never experienced the weight of objections to a fish farm proposal that I have seen in this proposal," wrote Michael Russell MSP to Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity in a letter dated 7 February 2017.
Download the letter as a PDF online here
Here's a press release issued by Friends of the Sound of Jura (13 February 2017):
Download photos of the protest swim online here
No Dounie Bay Fish Farm Tweeted:
Another Tweet read:
Friends of the Sound of Jura posted on their Facebook page:
Here's a campaign poster distributed locally:
Download poster as a PDF online here
For more information visit the Dounie Bay web-site.
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Objectors to the proposed salmon farm include the National Trust for Scotland:
Read their objection to SEPA in full online here
The objection from the Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture included various data obtained from SEPA via FOI - including:
According to data obtained by GAAIA via FOI from SEPA here's ten instances since 2010 where Kames Fish Farming Ltd has used the toxic organophospate Azamethiphos:
And here's the instances of the use of the marine pollutant Emamectin benzoate since 2008:
Here's the top 20 instances of the use of Deltamethrin by Kames Fish Farming Ltd (acccording to data obtained by GAAIA via FOI from SEPA):
Kames Fish Farming Ltd also has a huge problem with mortalities (totalling 2177491.6 kg since 2002). Here's the worst 20 sites (according to data obtained by GAAIA via FOI from SEPA) since 2002:
As a company, Kames Fish Farming Ltd has already revealed itself to be a noxious neighbour. For example, here's water pollution offences involving Kames Fish Farming Ltd:
Rather pessimistically, GAAIA concluded:
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Read other objections and submissions to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency online via:
Letter from John Aitchison to SEPA (18 January 2017)
Letter from Scottish Natural Heritage to SEPA (3 February 2016)
Download mortality, biomass exceedance and chemical use data (obtained from SEPA via FOI) for all Kames fish farm sites (2002-2016) online here
View various documents obtained from Argyll & Bute Council via FOI:
Download other documents via SEPA's web-page on the Dounie Marine Cage Fish Farm, Sound of Jura